Applying Dynamical Systems to Statistical Mechanics

The best part about this site is that I can link to interesting articles that I don’t have time to read. One of the early inspirations for the study of dynamical systems was statistical mechanics, particularly the ergodic hypothesis. Things have now come full circle with applications of dynamical systems to statistical mechanics. Here’s a survey article on the subject by David Ruelle: Smooth dynamics and new theoretical ideas in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics.

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