1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Hi all. I've read some about the MaxEnt method (maximum entropy), and one question of mine is still unanswered: Why is it that we wish to maximize the entropy? When looking at a gas with average energy U, the higher the entropy, the "less" we know about the gas because the multiplicity is high. So how can this "high-entropy" distribution tell us anything about the gas? Wouldn't we want the entropy to be low, so we know which state the particles of the gas is in? Thanks in advance. Best regards, Niles.