Entropy 2013, 15(4), 1152-1170; doi:10.3390/e15041152

Entropy and Entropy Production: Old Misconceptions and New Breakthroughs

Received: 17 January 2013; in revised form: 11 March 2013 / Accepted: 18 March 2013 / Published: 26 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Maximum Entropy Production)
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Abstract: Persistent misconceptions existing for dozens of years and influencing progress in various fields of science are sometimes encountered in the scientific and especially, the popular-science literature. The present brief review deals with two such interrelated misconceptions (misunderstandings). The first misunderstanding: entropy is a measure of disorder. This is an old and very common opinion. The second misconception is that the entropy production minimizes in the evolution of nonequilibrium systems. However, as it has recently become clear, evolution (progress) in Nature demonstrates the opposite, i.e., maximization of the entropy production. The principal questions connected with this maximization are considered herein. The two misconceptions mentioned above can lead to the apparent contradiction between the conclusions of modern thermodynamics and the basic conceptions of evolution existing in biology. In this regard, the analysis of these issues seems extremely important and timely as it contributes to the deeper understanding of the laws of development of the surrounding World and the place of humans in it.
Keywords: Prigogine’s principle; Ziegler’s principle; applicability of MEPP; Jaynes’s maximization; biological evolution
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Martyushev, L.M. Entropy and Entropy Production: Old Misconceptions and New Breakthroughs. Entropy 2013, 15, 1152-1170.

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Martyushev LM. Entropy and Entropy Production: Old Misconceptions and New Breakthroughs. Entropy. 2013; 15(4):1152-1170.

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Martyushev, Leonid M. 2013. "Entropy and Entropy Production: Old Misconceptions and New Breakthroughs." Entropy 15, no. 4: 1152-1170.

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