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6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2008
Unit 11: Energy
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6.050J / 2.110J Notes
Seth Lloyd, "Quantum-Mechanical Computers," Scientific American, vol. 273,
no. 4, pp. 44-49; October, 1995.
Seminal papers on the Principle of Maximum Entropy by Edwin T. Jaynes (July
5, 1922 - April 30, 1998):
Jaynes, E. T., "Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics," Physical
Review, vol. 106, no. 4, pp. 620-630; May 15, 1957.
MB), PS (2.6
MB). This paper started the use of the Principle of Maximum Entropy in
Jaynes, E. T., "Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics. II,"
Physical Review, vol. 108, no. 2, pp. 171-190; October 15, 1957.
MB), PS (4.7
MB). Continuation of the previous reference
The philosophy of assuming maximum uncertainty is discussed in Chapter 3 of
M. Tribus, "Thermostatics and Thermodynamics," D. Van Nostrand Co, Inc.,
Princeton, NJ; 1961
Another good explanation, in terms of estimating probabilities of an unfair
die is in E. T. Jaynes, "Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics," pp.
181-218 in "Statistical Physics," Brandeis Summer Institute 1962, W. A.
Benjamin, Inc., New York, NY; 1963.
Personal history by Jaynes, Edwin T. Jaynes, "Where Do We Stand on Maximum
Entropy?," pp. 15-118, in "The Maximum Entropy Formalism," Raphael D.
Levine and Myron Tribus, editors, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA; 1979.
Biography of Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist, 1844-1906, who was a
pioneer in thermodynamics and entropy, is Carlo Cercignani, "Ludwig
Boltzmann, The Man Who Trusted Atoms," Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK;
is the formula for entropy "S = k log W"
Another Ludwig Boltzmann
History of the twisted and convoluted development of the difficult concept
of entropy, C. Truesdell, "The Tragicomical History of Thermodynamics, 1822
- 1854," Springer-Verlag, Berlin; 1980. Professor Truesdell died January
14, 2000 at the age of 80. He retired from the faculty at Johns Hopkins
University in 1989.
Edwin T. Jaynes biography,
There are many textbooks on thermodynamics and energy conversion.
R. Silbey and R. Alberty, "Physical Chemistry," Wiley; 2001. These authors
are from MIT. Alberty was formerly Dean of Science, and Silbey was until
recently Dean of Science. It's amazing that anyone can be a Dean and still
keep up with science.
Typical excellent book in a traditional style, Mark W. Zemansky, "Heat and
Thermodynamics," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, NY; Third
Edition, 1951, or earlier editions starting in 1937. This book does not
mention information, and starts with assumed knowledge about temperature,
pressure, and volume. Suitable for advanced undergraduates.
Introductory book, used for sophomores, covering classical thermodynamics
(no information), H. C. Van Ness, "Understanding Thermodynamics," Dover
Publications, New York, NY; 1969. Succinct and carefully crafted treatment.
Book covering both equilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics, Herbert B.
Callen, "Thermodynamics," John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York NY; 1962.
Careful treatment of classical thermodynamics (no mention of information)
with emphasis on the mathematical formalism, C. Truesdell, "Rational
Thermodynamics," McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, NY; 1969. Suitable
for graduate courses, for those with some prior exposure to thermodynamics.
Textbook developed at MIT in energy conversion (no thermodynamics), David
C. White and Herbert H. Woodson, "Electromechanical Energy Conversion,"
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1959.
An early textbook to use the Principle of Maximum Entropy as an approach
to thermodynamics is M. Tribus, "Thermostatics and Thermodynamics," D. Van
Nostrand Co, Inc., Princeton, NJ; 1961
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