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The relation between the irreversibility of the physical processes and the reversibility of Hamiltonian dynamics remains, since Boltzmann, a problem of fundamental theoretical importance. As is well known, the irreversibility of physical processes is expressed by the second law of thermodynamics. For isolated systems, it affirms the existence of a physical quantity, the entropy, which increases monotonically until it reaches its maximum at equilibrium.

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Authors: COUTSOMITROS C, ISIS, JRC-Ispra (IT);COURBAGE M, Laboratoire de Probabilities, Paris (FR);MISRA B, International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry, Belgium (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18994 EN (1999), 29pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from CCR Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199911607 / Last updated on: 1999-11-20
Original language: en
Available languages: en