Contact Geometry of Mesoscopic Thermodynamics and Dynamics

@article{Grmela2014ContactGO,
  title={Contact Geometry of Mesoscopic Thermodynamics and Dynamics},
  author={Miroslav Grmela},
  journal={Entropy},
  year={2014},
  volume={16},
  pages={1652-1686}
}
The time evolution during which macroscopic systems reach thermodynamic equilibrium states proceeds as a continuous sequence of contact structure preserving transformations maximizing the entropy. This viewpoint of mesoscopic thermodynamics and dynamics provides a unified setting for the classical equilibrium and nonequilibrium thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics. One of the illustrations presented in the paper is a new version of extended nonequilibrium thermodynamics… CONTINUE READING

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