Special Issue "What Is Maximum Entropy Production and How Should We Apply It?"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2009)
Dr. Axel Kleidon
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biogeochemie, Postfach 10 01 64, 07701 Jena, Germany
Fax: +49 3641 57 7217
Interests: biodiversity; maximum entropy production; thermodynamics and optimality in the Earth system; Gaia hypothesis; global dynamic vegetation models
Dr. James Dyke
Max Planck Institut für Biogeochemie, Hans Knöll Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
The proposed principle of Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) states that the steady state of open thermodynamic systems with sufficient degrees of freedom are maintained in a state at which the production of entropy is maximized given the constraints of the system. Similar/related principles have a long history, e.g. the maximum power principle (e.g. applied to biological systems by Lotka in 1922). Recently, it has gained increased attention, and theoretical progress has been made as reflected by a series of papers by Dewar on an information theoretical derivation of this principle. This raises questions about how this principle should be interpreted and applied. This special section would focus on different interpretations by some of the leading researchers in this field.
- scope: to provide a set of essays to illustrate the different views on the justification and application of the proposed principle of Maximum Entropy Production (MEP).
- motivation: the motivation for the issue comes out of a discussion at a recent workshop held in May 2009 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie in Jena, Germany, on the topic of “Maximum Entropy Production in the Earth System”. This discusion illustrated needs for clarification and interpretation of the different view angles of MEP (MaxEnt interpretation vs. thermodynamic application). The invited and contributed essays of this special section would help to clarify this important theoretical foundation.
James Dyke, Ph. D.
Axel Kleidon, Ph. D.