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Boltzmann tombstone (full view)In science, the Boltzmann tombstone is the marker for the final resting place of Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann (died 1906), located in the Vienna Central Cemetery, showing a bust of Boltzmann with the equation S = k log W chiseled in stone above. On the left is the name of his wife and one the right are the names of his three sons. The engraved tombstone was erected in the 1930s after the full significance of Boltzmann’s work had been recognized. [2]

In the 1992 book Entropy and the Magic Flute, American biophysicist Harold Morowitz recounts his journey from America to Austria to see Boltzmann’s tombstone and how the cemetery caretaker often gets “Ludwig B” mixed up with the tomb of Ludwig Beethoven. [3]

See also
Clausius tombstone
Gibbs tombstone
Founders of thermodynamics and suicide

1. (a) Boltzmann tombstone (Picture) - Wikipedia
(b) Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery, Vienna) – Wikipedia.
2. Muller, Ingo. (2007). A History of Thermodynamics - the Doctrine of Energy and Entropy (pg. 102). New York: Springer.
3. Morowitz, Harold J. (1996). Entropy and the Magic Flute: S = k ln W = dQ/T = - kΣfi ln fi (pgs. 1-3). Oxford University Press.

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