Special Issue "Entropy and Its Applications across Disciplines"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017).
Interests: ecosystem organizations; ecological networks; stochastic modelling of ecosystems dynamics and hydrological processes; sustainability and ecosystems services
The entropy concept was born initially in thermodynamics and is credited to the work of Rudolf Clausius. It was successively interpreted in terms of probability/statistics by Ludwig Boltzmann and J. Willard Gibbs, and ultimately led to the formulation of equilibrium statistical mechanics. The principle of maximum entropy (MaxEnt) allows an elegant derivation of the various statistical ensembles as emphasized by Jaynes by using the information entropy introduced by Shannon.
Entropy and the MaxEnt principle are now commonly used in many disciplines for the analysis of both complex equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems and is being increasingly employed in a variety of contexts, such as ecology, spectral analysis, electron microscopy, and neuroscience for inference from incomplete data. In all these applications, one is faced with problems related to the level of description of the system or coarse graining, which interestingly influence the final results.
This Special Issue invites contributions from leading groups to present original results or review the state-of-the-art of the use of entropy or the MaxEnt principle in their individual disciplines. This will lead to a cross-fertilization of ideas and techniques, and illuminate the use of these powerful techniques across disciplines.
Prof. Dr. Amos Maritan
Dr. Samir Suweis
Dr. Jordi Hidalgo
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Equilibrium & non-equlibrium statistical physics
- microscopic thermodynamics
- information theory in complex systems
- quantitive biology & ecology, neuroscience