# Full Steam Ahead--Probably

@article{Lorenz2003FullSA, title={Full Steam Ahead--Probably}, author={Ralph D. Lorenz}, journal={Science}, year={2003}, volume={299}, pages={837 - 838} }

It has long been argued that complex systems like Earth's climate may be in a state of maximum entropy production. In such a state, the work output-or, crudely, the product of the heat flux and the temperature gradient driving it-is maximized. But, as [Lorenz][1] explains in his Perspective, no reason for why systems should choose this state has been known. He highlights a recent paper that shows how the maximum entropy production state can become the most probable state.
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