Is This a Real Science Textbook Introduction?

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Advanced physics textbooks are not generally known for their jocularity.
Advanced science textbooks are not generally known for their jocularity, but a purported image showing the introductory sentences from one such work is downright gloomy:

This chapter on "Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics" opens, according to the displayed snippet, by discouragingly informing readers that "Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying statistical mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on his work, died similarly in 1933. Now it is our turn to study statistical mechanics. Perhaps it will be…
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