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Entropy 2010, 12(8), 1936-1945; doi:10.3390/e12081936
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In Defense of Gibbs and the Traditional Definition of the Entropy of Distinguishable Particles

Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA
Received: 21 December 2009 / Revised: 2 August 2010 / Accepted: 20 August 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gibbs Paradox and Its Resolutions)
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Abstract

The traditional Gibbs’ calculation of the entropy of distinguishable classical particles that leads to Gibbs Paradox has been criticized recently. This criticism, if valid, would require a substantially different definition of entropy in general. However, the traditional definition of entropy works quite well in situations where the distinguishability of classical particles is taken seriously while a suggested replacement definition fails.
Keywords: Gibbs; entropy; distinguishable particles; information Gibbs; entropy; distinguishable particles; information
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Nagle, J.F. In Defense of Gibbs and the Traditional Definition of the Entropy of Distinguishable Particles. Entropy 2010, 12, 1936-1945.

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