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6.050J / 2.110J Information and Entropy Spring 2004
Unit 12: Temperature
||Monday, May 3, 2004, 1:00 PM
||Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 1:00 PM
||Posted Friday, Apr 30, 2004
||Due Friday, May 7, 2004|
||Posted Friday, May 7, 2004
||Friday, May 21, 2004, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
|Closed book except that two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11
with notes on both sides, are allowed.
Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick up a copy in
Room 38-344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J Web site
Seminal papers on the Principle of Maximum Entropy by
Edwin T. Jaynes (July 5, 1922 - April 30, 1998):
- Jaynes, E. T., "Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics," Physical
Review, vol. 106, no. 4, pp. 620-630; May 15, 1957.
PDF (2.2 MB),
PS (2.6 MB).
This paper started the use of the Principle of
Maximum Entropy in physics
- Jaynes, E. T., "Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics. II," Physical
Review, vol. 108, no. 2, pp. 171-190; October 15, 1957.
PDF (2.2 MB),
PS (2.6 MB).
Continuation of the previous reference
- Sadi Carnot
- J. Willard Gibbs
- Biography of Ludwig Boltzmann, Austrian physicist, 1844-1906, who was a pioneer
in thermodynamics and entropy, is Carlo Cercignani, "Ludwig Boltzmann, The Man Who
Trusted Atoms," Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK; 1998
- On Boltzmann's tombstone
(closeup) is the formula for entropy "S = k log W"
- Ludwig Boltzmann
- Another Ludwig Boltzmann
- History of the twisted and convoluted development of the difficult concept of
entropy, C. Truesdell, "The Tragicomical History of Thermodynamics,
1822 - 1854," Springer-Verlag, Berlin; 1980. Professor Truesdell retired from
the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and died January 14, 2000 at the
age of 80
- Edwin T. Jaynes biography,
There are many textbooks on thermodynamics and energy conversion.
- R. Silbey and R. Alberty, "Physical Chemistry," Wiley; 2001. These
authors are from MIT. Alberty was formerly Dean of Science, and Silbey
is now (2004) Dean of Science. It's amazing that anyone can be a Dean and still
keep up with science
- Typical excellent book in a traditional style, Mark W. Zemansky, "Heat
and Thermodynamics," McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, NY; Third
Edition, 1951, or earlier editions starting in 1937. This book does not
mention information, and starts with assumed knowledge about temperature,
pressure, and volume. Suitable for advanced undergraduates
- Introductory book, used for sophomores, covering classical thermodynamics
(no information), H. C. Van Ness, "Understanding Thermodynamics," Dover
Publications, New York, NY; 1969. Succinct and carefully crafted.
- Book covering both equilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics,
Herbert B. Callen, "Thermodynamics," John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York
NY; 1962. Suitable for graduate studies
- Careful treatment of classical thermodynamics (no mention of information)
with emphasis on the mathematical formalism, C. Truesdell, "Rational
Thermodynamics," McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, NY; 1969. Suitable
for graduate courses, for those with some prior exposure to thermodynamics
- An early textbook to use the Principle of Maximum Entropy as an approach
to thermodynamics is M. Tribus, "Thermostatics and Thermodynamics," D. Van
Nostrand Co, Inc., Princeton, NJ; 1961. The philosophy of assuming maximum
uncertainty is discussed in Chapter 3
- Textbook developed at MIT in energy conversion (no thermodynamics),
David C. White and Herbert H. Woodson, "Electromechanical Energy Conversion,"
John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, NY; 1959. Professor White is retired
and, as of 2004, living in Florida. Professor Woodson served as Dean of
Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, until his recent retirement
6.050J/2.110J students: be the first to suggest a resource, for example a useful Web
site or a good book or article, to add to the list above. If your suggestion is
accepted by the 6.050J/2.110J staff, you will get a $5 ice-cream gift certificate.
Send your suggestion by e-mail during Spring 2004 to 6.050-staff (at) mit.edu.
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