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Chemical Thermodynamics and Information Theory with Applications

1st Edition

By Daniel J. Graham

CRC Press

240 pages | 115 B/W Illus.

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Thermodynamics and information touch theory every facet of chemistry. However, the physical chemistry curriculum digested by students worldwide is still heavily skewed toward heat/work principles established more than a century ago. Rectifying this situation, Chemical Thermodynamics and Information Theory with Applications explores applications drawn from the intersection of thermodynamics and information theory—two mature and far-reaching fields.

In an approach that intertwines information science and chemistry, this book covers:

  • The informational aspects of thermodynamic state equations
  • The algorithmic aspects of transformations—compression, expansion, cyclic, and more
  • The principles of best-practice programming
  • How molecules transmit and modify information via collisions and chemical reactions

Using examples from physical and organic chemistry, this book demonstrates how the disciplines of thermodynamics and information theory are intertwined. Accessible to curiosity-driven chemists with knowledge of basic calculus, probability, and statistics, the book provides a fresh perspective on time-honored subjects such as state transformations, heat and work exchanges, and chemical reactions.

Table of Contents

A Qualitative Look at Information

The Net of Information

Sources and Further Reading

A Quantitative Look at Information

Essential Ingredients

The Interface of Information with State Likelihood

The Role of Probability

Information and Expectation

Connecting Probability, Information, and Physical Properties

Probability Distribution Tools

Thermodynamic Infrastructure, States, and Fluctuations


Equations of State

Systems and State Point Information

Thermodynamic Transformations and Information

Equilibrium States, Pathways, and Measurements

A Primer on Reversible Transformations

Reversible Transformations and Information

The Information Properties of Reversible Pathways

State Transformations and Information Economy

Different Thermodynamic Pathways with Identical Endpoints

Pathway Programming and Economy

Properties of Pathway Length and Information Economy

Thermodynamic Information and Molecules

Information at the Microscopic Scale

Molecular Message Tapes: Technical Considerations

Characteristics of Information at the Molecular Level

Thermodynamic Information and Chemical Reactions

Overview of Chemical Reactions

Chemical Reactions and Information

Reactions, Information, and Molecular Structure

Chemical Thermodynamics, Information, and Horizons


Appendix A: Source Program for Constructing Molecular Message

Tapes and Computing Information

Appendix B: Answers to Selected Exercises


About the Author

Daniel J. Graham is with the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University in Chicago.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics