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E. T. Jaynes: Papers on Probability, Statistics and Statistical Physics

Editors: Rosenkrantz, R.D. (Ed.)

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The first six chapters of this volume present the author's 'predictive' or information theoretic' approach to statistical mechanics, in which the basic probability distributions over microstates are obtained as distributions of maximum entropy (Le. , as distributions that are most non-committal with regard to missing information among all those satisfying the macroscopically given constraints). There is then no need to make additional assumptions of ergodicity or metric transitivity; the theory proceeds entirely by inference from macroscopic measurements and the underlying dynamical assumptions. Moreover, the method of maximizing the entropy is completely general and applies, in particular, to irreversible processes as well as to reversible ones. The next three chapters provide a broader framework - at once Bayesian and objective - for maximum entropy inference. The basic principles of inference, including the usual axioms of probability, are seen to rest on nothing more than requirements of consistency, above all, the requirement that in two problems where we have the same information we must assign the same probabilities. Thus, statistical mechanics is viewed as a branch of a general theory of inference, and the latter as an extension of the ordinary logic of consistency. Those who are familiar with the literature of statistics and statistical mechanics will recognize in both of these steps a genuine 'scientific revolution' - a complete reversal of earlier conceptions - and one of no small significance.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introductory Remarks

    Rosenkrantz, R. D.

    Pages 1-3

  • Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics I (1957)

    Rosenkrantz, R. D.

    Pages 4-16

  • Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics II (1957)

    Rosenkrantz, R. D.

    Pages 17-38

  • Brandeis Lectures (1963)

    Rosenkrantz, R. D.

    Pages 39-76

  • Gibbs vs Boltzmann Entropies (1965)

    Rosenkrantz, R. D.

    Pages 77-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
E. T. Jaynes: Papers on Probability, Statistics and Statistical Physics
Editors
  • R.D. Rosenkrantz
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
158
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-6581-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-6581-2
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0213-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
458
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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