Ergodicity and Unique Equilibria

  • Michael C. Mackey
Part of the Springer Study Edition book series (SSE)


In the last chapter we proved the necessity of irreversibility for increases in entropy to take place. Then conditions sufficient to guarantee the existence of relative states of thermodynamic equilibrium were given. The two interrelated questions of the existence of a unique state of thermodynamic equilibrium, and the global approach of the entropy to an absolute maximum, were not addressed.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael C. Mackey
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  1. 1.Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in Physiology and MedicineMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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