Progress in Mathematical Physics

Entropy and Information

Authors: Volkenstein, Mikhail V.

  • Available in English for the first time, for more than 20 years only available in Russian
  • Volkenstein presents highly complex issues in a readable style
  • Covers a topic that is still of interest and researched today: how entropy as a physical concept can be found also in other domains, such as biology, information theory, and even arts
  • Provides a timely introduction to entropy from a thermodynamic perspective
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About this book

This is just...entropy, he said, thinking that this explained everything, and he repeated the strange word a few times. 1 ? Karel Capek , “Krakatit” This “strange word” denotes one of the most basic quantities of the physics of heat phenomena, that is, of thermodynamics. Although the concept of entropy did indeed originate in thermodynamics, it later became clear that it was a more universal concept, of fundamental signi?cance for chemistry and biology, as well as physics. Although the concept of energy is usually considered more important and easier to grasp, it turns out, as we shall see, that the idea of entropy is just as substantial—and moreover not all that complicated. We can compute or measure the quantity of energy contained in this sheet of paper, and the same is true of its entropy. Furthermore, entropy has remarkable properties. Our galaxy, the solar system, and the biosphere all take their being from entropy, as a result of its transferenceto the surrounding medium. Thereis a surprisingconnectionbetween entropyandinformation,thatis,thetotalintelligencecommunicatedbyamessage. All of this is expounded in the present book, thereby conveying informationto the readeranddecreasinghis entropy;butitis uptothe readertodecidehowvaluable this information might be.

About the authors

Mikhail Vladimirowitsch Volkenstein (1912-1992), russian bio-physicist, was director of the Institute of Molecur Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Research interests: Quantum Biophysics, Biopolymers, quantum-mechanical models of encyme catalysis, Fermi-resonance within Peptid-compounds. Volkenstein was born 1912 and died in 1992.

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“The book is structured in eight chapters covering topics raging of the early history of thermodynamics to the complexity and value of information. … is recommended to advanced high-school students, beginning university students and others who do not know many concepts of physics. Being a book for non-experts, the author literary describes all the notions using very simple mathematical equations … . also, contains schemes and images for a better understanding of the reader. … explains in details all the presented formulas and phenomenas.” (Nicolae Constantinescu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1186, 2010)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • “Reflections on the motive power of fire...”

    Volkenstein, Mikhail V.

    Pages 3-18

  • The laws of thermodynamics

    Volkenstein, Mikhail V.

    Pages 19-40

  • Entropy and free energy

    Volkenstein, Mikhail V.

    Pages 41-61

  • Entropy and probability

    Volkenstein, Mikhail V.

    Pages 63-83

  • Statistics and mechanics

    Volkenstein, Mikhail V.

    Pages 85-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Entropy and Information
Authors
Translated by
Shenitzer, A., Burns, R.G.
Series Title
Progress in Mathematical Physics
Series Volume
57
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Basel
eBook ISBN
978-3-0346-0078-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-0346-0078-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-0346-0077-4
Series ISSN
1544-9998
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 210
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