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By Arieh Ben-Naim

The crucial message of this booklet is that thermodynamics and statistical mechanics will reap the benefits of exchanging the unlucky, deceptive and mysterious time period “entropy” with a extra regularly occurring, significant and applicable time period akin to info, lacking details or uncertainty. This alternative could facilitate the translation of the “driving strength” of many strategies by way of informational adjustments and dispel the secret that has continuously enshrouded entropy. it's been a hundred and forty years because Clausius coined the time period “entropy” virtually 50 years considering the fact that Shannon built the mathematical idea of “information” - accordingly renamed “entropy”. during this publication, the writer advocates changing “entropy” via “information”, a time period that has develop into ordinary in lots of branches of technological know-how. the writer additionally takes a brand new and impressive method of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. info is used not just as a device for predicting distributions yet because the basic cornerstone suggestion of thermodynamics, held before by means of the time period “entropy”. the themes lined contain the basics of chance and data conception; the final notion of data in addition to the actual proposal of data as utilized in thermodynamics; the re-derivation of the Sackur-Tetrode equation for the entropy of an amazing gasoline from basically informational arguments; the elemental formalism of statistical mechanics; and lots of examples of easy procedures the “driving strength” for that is analyzed when it comes to info.

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