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Themistoklis Matsoukas - professor of chemical engineering, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Probability Theory: The Logic of Science

Author: Edwin Thompson Jaynes

Book Description:

Following my interests in particulate materials and population balances, I have been exploring the use of probabilistic tools in the simulation of particulate phenomena. I came across the work of E.T. James in my effort to figure out how concepts in statistical mechanics can provide a basis to understand and model systems of particles. Jaynes views probability not just as a technical construct, but as an extension of mathematical logic that forms the foundation of science and adopts entropy as a measure of the limits of our knowledge in the presence of incomplete information. With its conversational writing style and remarkable ability to get subtle ideas across, I found in this book a source of inspiration and encouragement for my own work.


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