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A Coherent View on Entropy

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ABSTRACT

Informational entropy is often identified as physical entropy. This is surprising because the two quantities are differently defined and furthermore the former is a subjective quantity while the latter is an objective one. We describe the problems and then present a possible view that reconciles the two entropies. Informational entropy of a system is interpreted as physical entropy of a whole composed of both the system and “memories” containing information about the system.

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Hwang, W. (2014) A Coherent View on Entropy. Natural Science, 6, 540-544. doi: 10.4236/ns.2014.67053.

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