Microscopic reversibility and macroscopic behavior: Physical explanatoins and mathematical derivations

  title={Microscopic reversibility and macroscopic behavior: Physical explanatoins and mathematical derivations},
  author={Joel L Lebowitz},
  journal={arXiv: Condensed Matter},
  • J. Lebowitz
  • Published 29 May 1996
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Condensed Matter
The observed general tune-asymmetric behavior of macroscopic systems—embodied in the second law of thermodynainics—arises naturally from time-symmetric microscopic laws due to the great disparity between macro and inicro-scales. More specific features of macroscopic evolution depend on the nature of the microscopic dynamics. In particular, short range interactions with good mixing properties lead, for simple systems, to the quantitative description of such evolutions by means of autonomous… 
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