PHYS 414

Statistical Mechanics, Spring 2020


General resources

J.L. Lebowitz and O. Penrose, "Modern ergodic theory", Physics Today (1973). pdf

Entropy of the universe:

C.A. Egan and C.H. Lineweaver, "A Larger Estimate of the Entropy of the Universe", Astroph. J. 710:1825 (2010). pdf.

P. Frampton et al., "What is the entropy of the universe?", Class. Quant. Grav. 26:145005 (2009). pdf.

Articles related to problem sets

Related to Problem Set 1:
D. Spiegel and E. Turner, "Bayesian analysis of the astrobiological implications of life's early emergence on Earth", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109, 395 (2012). pdf
R. Zwanzig, A. Szabo, and B. Bagchi, "Levinthal's paradox", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 89, 20 (1992). pdf

Related to Problem Set 2:
D.A. Leigh, J.K.Y. Wong, F. Dehez, and F. Zerbetto, "Unidirectional rotation in a mechanically interlocked molecular rotor", Nature 424, 174 (2003). pdf
S. Rahav, J. Horowitz, and C. Jarzynski, "Directed flow in non-adiabatic stochastic pumps", Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 140602 (2008). pdf
D. Mandal and C. Jarzynski, "A proof by graphical construction of the no-pumping theorem of stochastic pumps", J. Stat. Mech. P10006 (2011). pdf.