# Entanglement and the foundations of statistical mechanics

@article{Popescu2005EntanglementAT, title={Entanglement and the foundations of statistical mechanics}, author={Sandu Popescu and Anthony J. Short and Andreas J. Winter}, journal={Nature Physics}, year={2005}, volume={2}, pages={754-758} }

Statistical mechanics is one of the most successful areas of physics. Yet, almost 150 years since its inception, its foundations and basic postulates are still the subject of debate. Here we suggest that the main postulate of statistical mechanics, the equal a priori probability postulate, should be abandoned as misleading and unnecessary. We argue that it should be replaced by a general canonical principle, whose physical content is fundamentally different from the postulate it replaces: it…

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