On the statistical viewpoint concerning the 2nd law of thermodynamics - OR - A reminder on the Ehrenfests' urm model

Publication Year:
2005
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2453
Author(s):
Giulini, Domenico
preprint description
In statistical thermodynamics the 2nd law is properly spelled out in terms of conditioned probabilities. As such it makes the statement, that `entropy increases with time' without preferring a time direction. In this paper we try to explain this statement---which is well known since the time of the Ehrenfests---in some detail within a systematic Bayesian approach.