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We find a close correspondence between certain partition functions of ideal quantum gases and certain symmetric polynomials. Due to this correspondence it can be shown that a number of thermodynamic identities which have recently been considered are essentially of combinatorical origin and known for a long time as theorems on symmetric polynomials. For example, a recurrence relation for partition functions appearing in the textbook of P. Landsberg is nothing else but Newton's identity indoi:10.1119/1.1412643 fatcat:nweaftqlnbe6jjzuztqrcnkzoi