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felt like making a terminological note on phase and phase space in physics (and linked to it from the relevant entries).
If anyone has more information on the historical origin of the term “phase space”, please let me know.
Ah, I have found it: on p. 4 of
the term “phase” in “phase space” is traced back (p. 4) to Boltzmann and then Maxwell. The coordinates and momenta being the Bewegungsphase, “phase of motion”.
Have worked that into phase and phase space in physics now.
Interesting!
Yes, so that article by Nolte above is an interesting read. That’s how history really proceeds, in homoclinic tangles…
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