David Goodstein

American physicist

David Goodstein (born April 5, 1939) is an American physicist and professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology.


  • Human civilization as we know it will end, sometime in the 21st century.
  • Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics. Perhaps it will be wise to approach the subject cautiously.

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