I heard somewhere that Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann's tombstone has S = k log w engraved on it.

Wikipedia repeats the claim without references:

The equation for S is engraved on Boltzmann's tombstone at the Vienna Zentralfriedhof — his second grave.

Is this true?

  • You may want to see the Physics Nobel laureate Julian Schwinger's headstone too.
    – Mostafa
    Apr 19 '16 at 22:49
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    Really??? Clicking one link on the Wikipedia-Page to see a picture of the tombstone was too much effort? - I'm voting to close as "trivial". Questions on skeptics should ask to verify a contested or unbelievable claim. - THis is like asking "is the white house really white?"
    – Falco
    Apr 20 '16 at 10:53
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    Also (maybe the Wikipedia article was edited after this was posted) the image is actually on the Wikipedia article linked itself.
    – Insane
    Apr 20 '16 at 15:53

Yes, the grave has the formula, and Wikipedia does have this: Boltzmann's entropy formula


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    Inarguably one of the greatest tombstones ever.
    – Jimmy M.
    Apr 19 '16 at 16:47
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    @JimmyM. But it gets worse over time ... Apr 19 '16 at 17:52
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    Ow, that joke. o.o
    – StarWeaver
    Apr 19 '16 at 22:30
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    Boltzmann was suffering from depression and committed suicide. He spent his last years defending his theory and he was likely thinking about the second law of thermodynamics and entropy, so there's a second meaning to the epitaph...
    – Sklivvz
    Apr 20 '16 at 9:17
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    This picture is literally the first hit when asking google pictures for "Eduard Boltzmann's tombstone"
    – Falco
    Apr 20 '16 at 10:55

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