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Entropy and Information Theory: Uses and Misuses

Department of Physical Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus Givat Ram, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
Entropy 2019, 21(12), 1170; https://doi.org/10.3390/e21121170
Received: 7 November 2019 / Revised: 28 November 2019 / Accepted: 28 November 2019 / Published: 29 November 2019
This article is about the profound misuses, misunderstanding, misinterpretations and misapplications of entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics and Information Theory. It is the story of the “Greatest Blunder Ever in the History of Science”. It is not about a single blunder admitted by a single person (e.g., Albert Einstein allegedly said in connection with the cosmological constant, that this was his greatest blunder), but rather a blunder of gargantuan proportions whose claws have permeated all branches of science; from thermodynamics, cosmology, biology, psychology, sociology and much more.
Keywords: entropy; second law; thermodynamics; Shannon measure of information; information theory entropy; second law; thermodynamics; Shannon measure of information; information theory
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Ben-Naim, A. Entropy and Information Theory: Uses and Misuses. Entropy 2019, 21, 1170.

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