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Entropy Beyond the Second Law

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics for equilibrium, non-equilibrium, classical, and quantum systems
Phil Attard


Entropy Beyond the Second Law presents a coherent formulation of all aspects of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics with entropy as the unifying theme. This includes formulating equilibrium theory and explaining the role of the Second Law in establishing the equilibrium state. It also establishes the foundations of non-equilibrium theory by generalizing the concept of entropy in an appropriate way. Finally, it addresses the relationship between classical and quantum statistical mechanics by invoking the collapse of the wave function into entropy states. A secondary purpose is to increase the understanding of entropy and the Second Law, and to correct misapprehensions and errors that have arisen over the years.

About Editors

Phil Attard is a research scientist working broadly in the areas of statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and colloid and surface science. He has held academic positions at various universities in Australia, Europe and North America, and he was a Professorial Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council. He has authored some 120 papers, 10 review articles and three books, with more than 5000 citations.

Table of Contents

1 Entropy counts
2 Entropy varies
3 Driven by entropy
4 Entropy in motion
5 In phase with entropy
6 Time for entropy
7 Entropy collapses


Hardback ISBN: 9780750315883

Ebook ISBN: 9780750315906

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1590-6

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


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