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Entropy and the Time Evolution of Macroscopic Systems

Walter T. Grandy, Jr.


This book is based on the premise that the entropy concept, a fundamental element of probability theory as logic governs all of the thermal physics, both equilibrium and nonequilibrium. The variational algorithm of J. Willard Gibbs — dating from the 19th century and extended considerably over the following 100 years — is shown to be the governing feature over the entire range of thermal phenomena, such that only the nature of the macroscopic constraints changes. Beginning with a short history of the development of the entropy concept by Rudolph Clausius and his predecessors, along with the for ... More

Keywords: entropy, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, nonequilibrium processes, time evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199546176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter T. Grandy, Jr., author
Department of Physics, University of Wyoming