Robert K. Niven

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1 Abstract This study critically analyses the information-theoretic, axiomatic and combinatorial philosophical bases of the entropy and cross-entropy concepts. The combinatorial basis is shown to be the most fundamental (most primitive) of these three bases, since it gives (i) a derivation for the Kullback-Leibler cross-entropy and Shannon entropy(More)
This study examines a new formulation of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, which gives a conditional derivation of the " maximum entropy production " (MEP) principle for flow and/or chemical reaction systems at steady state. The analysis uses a dimen-sionless potential function φ st for non-equilibrium systems, analogous to the free energy concept of(More)
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