Statistical mechanics is a subject with a particularly rich history. I think of the early debates of Boltzmann and Loschmidt, the rather confusing differences between the approaches of Gibbs and Boltzmann, the philosophical efforts of E.T. Jaynes to phrase entropy in terms of information theory, all the way through to more modern work like Evan and Searles' fluctuation theorem.
A beginner is swamped not only by the intrinsically difficult ideas, but also by the feeling that even the experts can't agree on the most basic definitions. I'm sure that's not true, but when you read Gibbs and Boltzmann it certainly feels that way!
So what I'm looking for a book (ideally technical, like a textbook) which develops the ideas historically. Perhaps similar to Lanczos' book on mechanics. It would discuss historical controversies, and to what extent the modern theory has resolved them.
Does such a book exist? Thanks.