Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics

  title={Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics},
  author={E. Jaynes},
  journal={Physical Review},
  • E. Jaynes
  • Published 1957
  • Physics
  • Physical Review
  • Treatment of the predictive aspect of statistical mechanics as a form of statistical inference is extended to the density-matrix formalism and applied to a discussion of the relation between irreversibility and information loss. A principle of "statistical complementarity" is pointed out, according to which the empirically verifiable probabilities of statistical mechanics necessarily correspond to incomplete predictions. A preliminary discussion is given of the second law of thermodynamics and… CONTINUE READING
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