Special Issue "What Is Maximum Entropy Production and How Should We Apply It?"

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A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2009)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Axel Kleidon
Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biogeochemie, Postfach 10 01 64, 07701 Jena, Germany
Website: http://gaia.mpg.de/
E-Mail: akleidon@bgc-jena.mpg.de
Phone: +49 3641 57 6217
Fax: +49 3641 57 7217
Interests: biodiversity; maximum entropy production; thermodynamics and optimality in the Earth system; Gaia hypothesis; global dynamic vegetation models

Guest Editor
Dr. James Dyke
Max Planck Institut für Biogeochemie, Hans Knöll Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
E-Mail: jdyke@bgc-jena.mpg.de

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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.

Format:

- 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.
Guest Editors

Published Papers (8 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Entropy 2010, 12(5), 996-1005; doi:10.3390/e12050996
Received: 13 March 2010; Accepted: 23 April 2010 / Published: 27 April 2010
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by , ,  and
Entropy 2010, 12(4), 926-931; doi:10.3390/e12040926
Received: 24 March 2010; Accepted: 8 April 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
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by  and
Entropy 2010, 12(3), 613-630; doi:10.3390/e12030613
Received: 24 December 2009; in revised form: 11 March 2010 / Accepted: 19 March 2010 / Published: 22 March 2010
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by , ,  and
Entropy 2010, 12(3), 473-479; doi:10.3390/e12030473
Received: 19 February 2010; Accepted: 9 March 2010 / Published: 11 March 2010
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Entropy 2010, 12(1), 107-126; doi:10.3390/e12010107
Received: 30 November 2009; in revised form: 12 January 2010 / Accepted: 14 January 2010 / Published: 18 January 2010
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Entropy 2009, 11(4), 1042-1054; doi:10.3390/e11041042
Received: 29 October 2009; Accepted: 1 December 2009 / Published: 8 December 2009
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Entropy 2009, 11(4), 945-948; doi:10.3390/e11040945
Received: 23 October 2009; Accepted: 26 November 2009 / Published: 30 November 2009
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Entropy 2009, 11(4), 931-944; doi:10.3390/e11040931
Received: 23 October 2009; Accepted: 23 November 2009 / Published: 27 November 2009
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