Our topic is the principles for prediction of macroscopic phenomena in general, and the relation to microphenomena. Although physicists believe that we have understood the laws of microphysics quite well for fifty years, macrophenomena are observed to have a rich variety that is very hard to understand. We see not only lifeless thermal equilibrium and irreversible approaches to it, but lively behavior such as that of cyclic chemical reactions, lasers, self-organizing systems, biological systems.


Variational Principle Irreversible Process Entropy Function Stone Column Bubble Dynamic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. T. Jaynes
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  1. 1.Arthur Holly Compton Laboratory for PhysicsWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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