Thursday, June 18, 2020

Entropy v. Entropy

Published 20200618

I talk about Benjamin Shumaker's "Information for Quantum Measurements," which disucsses the differences between information-theoretic entropy, physical entropy, and it's application to quantum communication.

Show Notes:

1. Paper for this episode:

2. Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information., Wojciech H. Zurek, ed. (1990). This is the book that I'm reading.

3. Good books about entropy and statistical mechanics understandable educated people:
  • Ben-Naim, A., Entropy Demysitified: The Second Law Reduced to Plain Common Sense with Seven Simulated Games. (World Scientific, 2008). [Amazon]
  • Ben-Naim, A., Entropy and the Second Law: Interpretation and Misss-Interpretationsss. (World Scientific, 2012). [Amazon]

Ben-Naim has written many more books on the subject, in various levels of technical detail. But, as I haven't read them, I can't sort through them for you.

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