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A brief introduction to observational entropy (arxiv.org)
17 points by kgwgk 42 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 1 comment

I really love the strong connection between statistical mechanics and information theory. Before attending a statistical mechanics lecture I was not able to comprehend why entropy was a relevant quantity, beyond the definition of the second law of thermodynamics. My statistical physics professor motivated entropy, by saying: "We need something to measure how much information we can extract from a system. Let's call it entropy, and it should reach its maximum value in a closed system when we are only able to extract the minimum amount of information from the system". And this opened my eyes on how intertwined information theory and statistical mechanics is. In my opinion one of the most beautiful connections in physics!

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