The Road to Maxwell's Demon: Conceptual Foundations of Statistical MechanicsAutor Meir Hemmo, Orly R. Shenker
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 17 iul 2014
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Thermodynamics; 3. Classical mechanics; 4. Time; 5. Macrostates; 6. Probability; 7. Entropy; 8. Typicality; 9. Measurement; 10. The past; 11. Gibbs; 12. Erasure; 13. Maxwell's Demon; Appendixes; References; Index.
'The Road to Maxwell's Demon is an exceptionally clear and readable book, intended for readers without physics or philosophy backgrounds. It is also a highly original and important contribution to the foundations of physics. It goes against much of the received wisdom and offers novel solutions to many problems: among them, discussions of time asymmetry in classical mechanics, an empiricist alternative to typicality, a criticism of the role of ergodicity, the notion of a physical observer and the irrelevance of information theory to the foundations of statistical mechanics. Readers interested in the foundations of physics will welcome such a fresh outlook on these topics.' Amit Hagar, Metascience
A philosophical perspective to statistical mechanics for graduate students and researchers in the foundations and philosophy of physics.
Meir Hemmo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa. He has written on various issues in the foundations of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics.