Kubo's paper on linear-response theory provided a unified language to describe a wide variety of transport phenomena, both quantum and classical, in a suitable "microscopic" language. The paper has been crucial for subsequent developments in numerical simulation.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002149900019
Journal Theor. Chem. Acc.
Frenkel, D. (2000). Perspective on "Statistical mechanical theory of irreversible processes. I. General theory and simple applications to magnetic and conduction problems" [Kubo R (1957) J Phys Soc Jpn 12: 570]. Theor. Chem. Acc., 103, 234–235. doi:10.1007/s002149900019