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Approach to a Quantitative Description of Social Systems Based on Thermodynamic Formalism
Department of Quality, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, I. Lucica 5, Zagreb, Croatia
Theoretical Physics Division, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Bijenicka 54, Zagreb, Croatia
Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Marulicev trg 19/1, Zagreb, Croatia
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Received: 11 February 2000; Accepted: 14 July 2000 / Published: 28 July 2000
Abstract: Certain statistical aspects of social systems are described by appropriately defined quantities named social potentials. Relations between social potentials are postulated by drawing an analogy with thermodynamics relations between thermodynamic potentials, thus obtaining a toy model of some of the statistical properties of social systems. Within this model, an interpretation of a socially relevant acting (acting as opposed to action, see ref. ) that does not invoke structural changes in social systems, is given in terms of social po-tentials.
Keywords: social systems theory; thermodynamics; social potentials; entropy and temperature of social systems
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Stepanic, J., Jr.; Stefancic, H.; Zebec, M.S.; Perackovic, K. Approach to a Quantitative Description of Social Systems Based on Thermodynamic Formalism. Entropy 2000, 2, 98-105.
Stepanic J, Jr, Stefancic H, Zebec MS, Perackovic K. Approach to a Quantitative Description of Social Systems Based on Thermodynamic Formalism. Entropy. 2000; 2(3):98-105.
Stepanic, Josip, Jr.; Stefancic, Hrvoje; Zebec, Mislav S.; Perackovic, Kresimir. 2000. "Approach to a Quantitative Description of Social Systems Based on Thermodynamic Formalism." Entropy 2, no. 3: 98-105.