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Entropy, Volume 22, Issue 10 (October 2020) – 125 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Thermodynamics was discovered by studying the movements of heat. The physics and mathematics of [...] Read more. Thermodynamics was discovered by studying the movements of heat. The physics and mathematics of the 20th century have widened its interpretation, however, placing less dependence on conservation laws and highlighting the concept of macrostate and fluctuation accessibility in the large-deviation sense as the core concepts of the theory. A third key concept is the decomposition of irreversibility into contributions arising within a system and those arising from its environment. Remarkably, a decomposition exists that separates the intrinsic thermodynamics of the system from the extrinsic thermodynamics that embed the system into its environment. These elements are combined for population processes with multiple timescales, to give a theory that is about the emergence of macro-worlds, without special reference to conservation or time-reversibility. View this paper.