Definition of statistical mechanics

: a branch of mechanics dealing with the application of the principles of statistics to the mechanics of a system consisting of a large number of parts having motions that differ by small steps over a large range

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Named after Ernst Ising, the model started out as a problem given to Ising by his thesis advisor in the 1920s; now it's commonly taught in statistical mechanics textbooks and classes. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts," 5 July 2019 Wiener’s theory of information, drawing on his own background in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and the study of random processes, was cloaked in opaque mathematics that was impenetrable to most working engineers. George Dyson, WSJ, "The Elegance of Ones and Zeroes," 21 July 2017

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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