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Understanding Superposition

Introduction One should first and foremost understand that superposition has both a mathematical an a physical meaning, or rather it originates as a mathematical property of the system description which will have implications in the physics.  The mathematical concepts are fairly straightforward aspects of linear algebra which will be briefly reviewed first.  To understand the…

On the Meaning of Entropy

Introduction The intent of this article is to clarify the meaning of entropy and, while doing so, point out how a deeper analysis of entropy in classical statistical mechanics gives us some hints at an underlying quantum description of physical systems. Thermodynamics and Entropy The term entropy was coined by 19th century French physicist Sadi…