Entropies for Continua: Fluids and Magnetofluids

  • D. Montgomery
  • X. Shan
  • W. H. Matthaeus
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Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 70)


The greatest single use of maximum entropy methods at present seems to be in situations related to data analysis. However, for over twenty years, it has also appeared that considerations of maximum entropy might have dynamical implications for dissipative continuum mechanics that go beyond the class of statements that can be made from the traditional statistical mechanics of discrete particles. Inquiry into the extent to which a meaningfully increasing entropy can be defined for an evolving dissipative continuum has been to a considerable degree an “experimental” investigation, with numerical solution of the relevant dynamical equations (e.g., Navier-Stokes, magnetohydrodynamic, geostrophic, or plasma “drift” equations) as the relevant experimental tool. Here, we review various suggested formulations and the accumulated numerical evidence. We also suggest theoretical and computational problems currently thought to be potentially illuminating and ripe for solution.


Stream Function Maximum Entropy Maximum Entropy Method Vorticity Distribution Hyperbolic Sine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Montgomery
    • 1
  • X. Shan
    • 1
  • W. H. Matthaeus
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics & AstronomyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Bartol Research InstituteUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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