Entanglement and the foundations of statistical mechanics

  title={Entanglement and the foundations of statistical mechanics},
  author={Sandu Popescu and Anthony J. Short and Andreas Winter},
boltzmannian situation. The great conceptual puzzle of statistical mechanics is how a physical system, despite always being in some definite state, and evolving deterministically, can exhibit thermodynamical properties pertinent to statistical averages, such as the entropy. Here we consider an alternative approach to the foundations of statistical mechanics, suggested to one of us by Yakir Aharonov about twenty years ago. In this approach the usual devices of subjective randomness, ensemble… CONTINUE READING