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Entropy 2000, 2(3), 98-105; doi:10.3390/e2030098

Approach to a Quantitative Description of Social Systems Based on Thermodynamic Formalism

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Department of Quality, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, I. Lucica 5, Zagreb, Croatia
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Theoretical Physics Division, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Bijenicka 54, Zagreb, Croatia
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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
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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. [1]) 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 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.

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