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From Maximum Entropy to Maximum Entropy Production: A New Approach
Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, University of Sussex, Falmer, Sussex, UK
Received: 30 November 2009; in revised form: 12 January 2010 / Accepted: 14 January 2010 / Published: 18 January 2010
Abstract: Evidence from climate science suggests that a principle of maximum thermodynamic entropy production can be used to make predictions about some physical systems. I discuss the general form of this principle and an inherent problem with it, currently unsolved by theoretical approaches: how to determine which system it should be applied to. I suggest a new way to derive the principle from statistical mechanics, and present a tentative solution to the system boundary problem. I discuss the need for experimental validation of the principle, and its impact on the way we see the relationship between thermodynamics and kinetics.
Keywords: thermodynamics; statistical mechanics; maximum entropy; maximum entropy production; Edwin Jaynes
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Virgo, N. From Maximum Entropy to Maximum Entropy Production: A New Approach. Entropy 2010, 12, 107-126.
Virgo N. From Maximum Entropy to Maximum Entropy Production: A New Approach. Entropy. 2010; 12(1):107-126.
Virgo, Nathaniel. 2010. "From Maximum Entropy to Maximum Entropy Production: A New Approach." Entropy 12, no. 1: 107-126.