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87. Ludwig Boltzmann – The genius of disorder (2007)

The 19th-century physicist Ludwig Boltzmann stirred up controversy by proposing that scientists could make intelligent guesses about the behavior of atoms, which, though they moved randomly, could be described by certain probabilistic generalizations. His suggestion to explain thermodynamics by using statistical methods went against the long-standing trend of assuming absolute fixed laws. This film documents the engaging story and personal struggle of Boltzmann, set against the intellectual climate of nineteenth-century Vienna (57 minutes).

Written by Enrico Agapito, Giuseppe Mussardo & Petra Scudo for SISSA (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati). See their website.