Title:
Insight into entropy
Authors:
Styer, Daniel
Abstract:
What is the qualitative character of entropy? Several examples from statistical mechanics (including liquid crystal reentrant phases, two different lattice gas models, and the game of poker) demonstrate facets of this difficult question and point toward an answer. The common answer of "entropy as disorder" is regarded here as inadequate. An alternative but equally problematic analogy is "entropy as freedom.'' Neither simile is perfect, but if both are used cautiously and not too literally, when the combination provides considerable insight.
Citation:
Styer, Daniel F. 2000. "Insight into entropy." American Journal of Physics 68(12): 1090-1096.
Publisher:
American Association of Physics Teachers
DATE ISSUED:
2000-12
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1119/1.1287353
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/620285

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dc.contributor.authorStyer, Danielen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-12T19:34:26Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-12T19:34:26Z-
dc.date.issued2000-12-
dc.identifier.citationStyer, Daniel F. 2000. "Insight into entropy." American Journal of Physics 68(12): 1090-1096.en
dc.identifier.issn0002-9505-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/620285-
dc.description.abstractWhat is the qualitative character of entropy? Several examples from statistical mechanics (including liquid crystal reentrant phases, two different lattice gas models, and the game of poker) demonstrate facets of this difficult question and point toward an answer. The common answer of "entropy as disorder" is regarded here as inadequate. An alternative but equally problematic analogy is "entropy as freedom.'' Neither simile is perfect, but if both are used cautiously and not too literally, when the combination provides considerable insight.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherAmerican Association of Physics Teachersen
dc.identifier.doi10.1119/1.1287353-
dc.subject.departmentPhysics and Astronomyen_US
dc.titleInsight into entropyen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Journal of Physicsen
dc.identifier.volume68en_US
dc.identifier.issue12en_US
dc.identifier.startpage1090en_US
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