Entropy 2013, 15(12), 5346-5361; doi:10.3390/e15125346
Communication

Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics Inspired by Modern Information Theory

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Received: 17 August 2013; in revised form: 22 October 2013 / Accepted: 14 November 2013 / Published: 3 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maxwell’s Demon 2013)
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Abstract: A collection of recent papers revisit how to quantify the relationship between information and work in the light of modern information theory, so-called single-shot information theory. This is an introduction to those papers, from the perspective of the author. Many of the results may be viewed as a quantification of how much work a generalized Maxwell’s daemon can extract as a function of its extra information. These expressions do not in general involve the Shannon/von Neumann entropy but rather quantities from single-shot information theory. In a limit of large systems composed of many identical and independent parts the Shannon/von Neumann entropy is recovered.
Keywords: non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; single-shot information theory; Maxwell’s daemon
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Dahlsten, O.C.O. Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics Inspired by Modern Information Theory. Entropy 2013, 15, 5346-5361.

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Dahlsten, Oscar C.O. 2013. "Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics Inspired by Modern Information Theory." Entropy 15, no. 12: 5346-5361.

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