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Justification in Statistical Mechanics

Davey, Kevin (2006) Justification in Statistical Mechanics. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    According to a standard view of the second law of thermodynamics, our belief in the second law can be justified by pointing out that low entropy macrostates are less probable than high entropy macrostates, and then noting that a system in an improbable state will tend to evolve toward a more probable state. I would like to argue that this justification of the second law of thermodynamics is fundamentally flawed, and will show that some puzzles sometimes associated with the second law are merely artifacts of this incorrect justification.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Probability, Statistical Mechanics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Depositing User: Kevin Davey
    Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2853
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2853

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