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By Arieh Ben-Naim

ISBN-10: 9812707077

ISBN-13: 9789812707079

The valuable message of this ebook is that thermodynamics and statistical mechanics will take advantage of changing the unlucky, deceptive and mysterious time period "entropy" with a extra accepted, significant and applicable time period comparable to info, lacking details or uncertainty. This substitute could facilitate the translation of the "driving strength" of many procedures by way of informational adjustments and dispel the secret that has consistently enshrouded entropy.

it's been a hundred and forty years seeing that Clausius coined the time period "entropy"; nearly 50 years given that Shannon built the mathematical idea of "information" -- in this case renamed "entropy". during this publication, the writer advocates exchanging "entropy" through "information", a time period that has turn into accepted in lots of branches of technological know-how.

the writer additionally takes a brand new and impressive method of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. details is used not just as a device for predicting distributions yet because the primary cornerstone suggestion of thermodynamics, held earlier by way of the time period "entropy".

the subjects lined contain the basics of chance and knowledge thought; the final notion of data in addition to the actual suggestion of data as utilized in thermodynamics; the re-derivation of the Sackur-Tetrode equation for the entropy of a great gasoline from merely informational arguments; the elemental formalism of statistical mechanics; and lots of examples of straightforward strategies the "driving strength" for that is analyzed by way of info.

Readership: somebody attracted to the sciences, scholars, researchers; in addition to the layman.

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In one, we have a quantity that is defined by the ratio of energy and temperature; in the other, we have a quantity representing the number of states of the system. The two quantities seem to be totally unrelated. Had entropy been defined as a dimensionless quantity, the identification between the two entropies and eventually the interpretation of entropy as a measure of information would have become much easier. The redefinition of the temperature in units of energy will also render the (erroneous) interpretation of the entropy as either “heat loss” or “unavailable energy” as superfluous.

13 I fully agree with the content of this quotation by Gell–Mann, yet Ilya Progogine, commenting on this very paragraph writes: “We believe that these arguments are untenable. ” Untenable? Why? The reason for these two diametrically contradictory views by two great scientists has its sources in the confusion of the general concept of information, with the specific measure of information as defined by Shannon. I shall discuss this issue in greater detail below and in Chapter 3. In my opinion, Gell–Mann is not only right in his statement, he is also careful to say “entropy can be regarded as a measure of ignorance .

As we shall see in Chapter 3, Shannon did not start by defining information (or choice or uncertainty, certainly not disorder). What Shannon did was to start with the general concept of “information” 8 McGlashan (1979) has also expressed reservations regarding the association of entropy with disorder. ” He then continues: “It does, but only for two very special cases. ” ch01 December 5, 2007 18 B534 Statistical Thermodynamics Based on Information 9in x 6in Statistical Thermodynamics Based on Information or rather the quantity of information transmitted along communication lines.

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