THE writings of Gibbs on thermodynamics and statistical theory were far and away the most complete of the early presentations of those subjects, but there must be many with a good knowledge of the theories who have never consulted the originals. As his works have long been out-of-print, the editors have performed a most valuable service in bringing out the present two volumes. They are beautifully printed, and the editors are to be congratulated on having adopted the right method for the re-issue of a classic; a commentary will certainly be useful, and one is to be composed by a number of authorities, but the present books are not disfigured by footnotes in the manner so often practised by energetic but injudicious editors.
The Collected Works of J. Willard Gibbs.
In 2 vols. Vol. 1: Thermodynamics. Pp. xxviii + 434. 15s. net. Vol. 2: Part i., Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics; Part ii., Dynamics, Vector Analysis, and Multiple Algebra, Electromagnetic Theory of Light, etc. Pp. xviii + 207 + vi + 284. 15s. net. (New York, London and Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co., Ltd., 1928.) 2 vols., 25s. net.
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The Collected Works of J. Willard Gibbs. Nature 124, 119–120 (1929). https://doi.org/10.1038/124119a0