A farewell to entropy : statistical thermodynamics based on information : S=logW /

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Author / Creator:Ben-Naim, Arieh, 1934-
Imprint:Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, ©2008.
Description:1 online resource (xxv, 384 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Second law of thermodynamics.
Statistical thermodynamics.
SCIENCE -- Mechanics -- Thermodynamics.
Second law of thermodynamics.
Statistical thermodynamics.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11202038
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Varying Form of Title:S=logW
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 373-379) and index.
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Summary:"The principal message of this book is that thermodynamics and statistical mechanics will benefit from replacing the unfortunate, misleading and mysterious term "entropy" with a more familiar, meaningful and appropriate term such as information, missing information or uncertainty. This replacement would facilitate the interpretation of the "driving force" of many processes in terms of informational changes and dispel the mystery that has always enshrouded entropy." "It has been 140 years since Clausius coined the term "entropy"; almost 50 years since Shannon developed the mathematical theory of "information"--Subsequently renamed "entropy." In this book, the author advocates replacing "entropy" by "information," a term that has become widely used in many branches of science."--Jacket.
Other form:Print version: Ben-Naim, Arieh, 1934- Farewell to entropy. Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, ©2008