Journal club: Entropy: Its History and Use within Physics, Coding, Information, and Medicine

by Jiří Kroc
March 10, 2017, at 1 pm in the BMC

The concept of entropy was developed in statistical physics around 1872 by Stefan-Boltzmann and is relating microstates of the system to its microstates. It proved to be a very a useful concept since then, e.g. it was later used in decoding of encoded messages during the SWW. With growing understanding, it occurred that it can measure the information content within any system including abstract mathematical and computer systems. This will bring us directly to its latest way of use and to our main reason of interest about it, to biology and medicine, where it is applied to quantify the information carried out by any biological system. All will be explained on easy to follow examples.

Footnote. "This contribution pays tribute to Stefan-Boltzmann for his ingenious insights into physics. It is sad to mention that his stupid colleagues missed the point of the concept of entropy, accused him of 'heresy' what consequently led to his suicide. Who remember them?"

Additional info:'s_entropy_formula


Dear Colleagues, Everybody is invited to come and participate in this event.

Organizers: J. Kroc, l. Vistejnova and P. Klein

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