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Thermodynamics as control theory

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I explore the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics by treating the former as a control theory: A theory of which transitions between states can be induced on a system (assumed to obey some known underlying dynamics) by means of operations from a fixed list. I recover the results of standard thermodynamics in this framework on the assumption that the available operations do not include measurements which affect subsequent choices of operations. I then relax this assumption and ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.3390/e16020699

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Balliol College
Publisher:
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute Publisher's website
Journal:
Entropy Journal website
Volume:
16
Issue:
2
Pages:
699-725
Publication date:
2014
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EISSN:
1099-4300
URN:
uuid:f85e49c3-0f81-4af1-9d0b-14e0037ea812
Local pid:
ora:9680
Language:
English
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