Joel Lebowitz Rutgers University
Statistical Mechanical Ensembles and Typical Behavior of Macroscopic Systems
In this talk I will focus on describing, in a qualitative way, the reason statistical mechanics is able to predict, with great certainty, behavior of macroscopic systems, both in equilibrium and out of it.
I will relate this to the fact that this behaviour is typical for systems represented by the usual Gibbs ensembles or those derived from them. These take small phase space volume to indicate small probability.
I will not try to justify this here.
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