Thermodynamic tombstones

Boltzmann tombstone (close)In gravesites, thermodynamic tombstones are markers for the burial places of famous thermodynamicists, including the Clausius tombstone (Bonn, Germany), Boltzmann tombstone (Vienna, Austria), or Gibbs tombstone (New Haven, Connecticut), among others, often the site of vacation spots, pilgrimages, or birth anniversaries by scientists. In 2005, at the Gibbs tombstone, for instance, groups gathered for pictures on the occasion of the unveiling of the new US Postal Service 37-cent Gibbs stamp.

Of tombstones of famous thermodynamicists, the tomb of Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann is the most famous, in that it has an entropy equation, S = k log W, engraved on it (shown adjacent), above a bust of Boltzmann.

Articles for some of these noted tombstones are listed in the file tree header to the left.

Other famous burial sites include the Nernst tombstone (of German physical chemist Walther Nernst), the Maxwell tombstone (of Scottish physicist James Maxwell), Planck tombstone (of German physicist Max Planck) among others. [1]

Then there is German-born American physicist Albert Einstein, whose first thirty papers were in thermodynamics, who upon death (1955) was cremated, having his ashes scattered in an unknown river in New Jersey. [2]

See also
Pierre Teilhard (tombstone)
Goethe timeline (Goethe coffin)

1. (a) Nernst tombstone (image)
(b) Maxwell tombstone (image)
(c) Planck tombstone (image)
2. Albert Einstein –

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