Martin Klein

Martin Klein nsIn thermodynamics, Martin J. Klein (1925-2009) was an American science historian noted for a number of publications, such as commentary on Maxwell’s thermodynamic surface, Willard Gibbs, Paul Erenfest, the thermodynamics underlying the work of Albert Einstein, and for being the advisor to American energetics historian and philosopher Robert Deltete. [1]

Ronald Kriz, in respect to his graphical thermodynamics work, was inspired by his work. [2]

Klein was a professor of physics and history of physics at Yale University.

1. Hevesi, Dennis. (2009). “Martin J. Klein, Historian of Physics, Dies at 84”,, Apr. 1.
2. Email communication from Ronald Kriz to Libb Thims (1 Sep 2013).

Further reading
● Klein, Martin J. (1967). “Thermodynamics in Einstein’s Thought: Thermodynamics Played a Special Role in Einstein’s Early Search for a Unified Foundation of Physics” (abs), Science 4, August. pgs. 509-16.
● Klein, Martin J. (1983). “The Scientific Style of Josiah Willard Gibbs” (Gibbs surface, pg. 158), in: Springs of Creativity (pgs. 141-), by Rutherford Aris, Howard Davis, and Roger Stuewer. U of Minnesota Press.
● Deltete, Robert J. (1995). “Gibbs and the Energeticists” (pgs. 135-170), in: No Truth Except in the Details: Essays in honor of Martin J. Klein (quote, pg. 149), by Martin J. Klein, Anne J. Kox, Daniel M Siegel. Springer.

External links
Martin J. Klein – Wikipedia.
Klein, Martin J. – WorldCat Identities.

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