Tragic deaths in science: Ludwig Boltzmann — a mind in disorder
16.07.2021 Nina Bausek and Stefan Washietl
Ludwig Boltzmann

Can a life be summed up by ????=????∙log????? The equation is the slightly geeky inscription on the tombstone of Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist and pioneer of statistical mechanics.

The formula shows the relation between entropy and the probability of possible thermodynamic states of matter. It includes the constant ????, later termed Boltzmann constant.

How can a lifetime’s achievement so fundamental (including a constant named after you for mathematical eternity) end in the tragic suicide of the name-bearer during a holiday in Italy?

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