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Entropy 2015, 17(1), 197-213; doi:10.3390/e17010197

Deduction of Lorentz Transformations from Classical Thermodynamics

Department of Physics, School of Physics and Mathematics, National Polytechnic Institute, U.P. Adolfo López Mateos, Zacatenco, C.P. 07738, Mexico D.F., Mexico
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Received: 3 October 2014 / Accepted: 6 January 2015 / Published: 8 January 2015
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Abstract

The Lorentz transformations are obtained by assuming that the laws of classical thermodynamics are invariant under changes of inertial reference frames. As Maxwell equations are used in order to deduce a wave equation that shows the constancy of the speed of light, by means of the laws of classical thermodynamics, the invariance of the Carnot cycle is deduced under reference frame changes. Starting with this result and the blackbody particle number density in a rest frame, the Lorentz transformations are obtained. A discussion about the universality of classical thermodynamics is given. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lorentz transformations; Carnot efficiency; laws of classical thermodynamics; invariance Lorentz transformations; Carnot efficiency; laws of classical thermodynamics; invariance
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de Parga, A.M.A.; Angulo-Brown, F.; de Parga, G.A. Deduction of Lorentz Transformations from Classical Thermodynamics. Entropy 2015, 17, 197-213.

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