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On an Unbelievably Short Proof of the Second Law

Parker, Daniel (2011) On an Unbelievably Short Proof of the Second Law. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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This paper investigates Jaynes’ “unbelievably short proof” of the 2nd law of thermodynamics. It assesses published criticisms of the proof and concludes that these criticisms miss the mark by demanding results that either import expectations of a proof not consistent with an information-theoretic approach, or would require assumptions not employed in the proof itself, as it looks only to establish a weaker conclusion. Finally, a weakness in the proof is identified and illustrated. This weakness stems from the fact the Jaynes’ assumption of unitary evolution is too strong given his perspective, rather than too weak to provide the desired results.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: Statistical Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Probability, Information Theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Depositing User: Daniel Parker
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 14:27
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 14:27
Item ID: 8709

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