- Does classical statistical physics predict something new/different phenomena/principles than what classical thermodynamics already did?
I'm wondering if the passage from a classical thermodynamic theory, i.e. which does not resort to an atomistic theory and methods of probability and statistics, to classical (i.e. non-quantum) statistical mechanics, led to new discoveries and especially if it was able to explain properties of matter that in the conventional thermodynamic theory were previously not explainable? If so which?