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In an important 1949 article entitled "Life, Thermodynamics, and Cybernetics," Brillouin was inspired by Norbert Wiener's new book
Cybernetics and its connection of the new information theory with entropy and intelligence
One of the most interesting parts in Wiener's
In his 1956 book Brillouin described his principle as a generalization of Carnot's principle, that in the normal evolution of any system, the change in the entropy is greater than or equal to zero.
ΔS ≥ 0 (1)
Any increase in information
Δ(S - I) ≥ 0 (2)
New information can only be obtained at the expense of the negentropy of some other system. The principal source of negentropy for terrestrial life is the sun, which acquired its low entropy state from the expanding universe followed by the collapse of material particles under the force of gravity. Brillouin summarizes his ideas: Acquisition of information about a physical system corresponds to a lower state of entropy for this system. Low entropy implies an unstable situation that will sooner or later follow its normal evolution toward stability and high entropy.
On Measurement Errors and Determinism
Brillouin emphasizes that experimental errors are inevitable and that it is unscientific to think of infinite accuracy in any measurement. Max Born, Ludwig Boltzmann, and even Isaac Newton knew this to be the case.
Brillouin says that this makes
The natural evolution of any closed system involves a Mechanical laws are supposed to be reversible in time [This is said also of the unitary evolution of the Schrödinger equation in quantum mechanics], but this is true only if errors and experimental uncertainties are ignored. The theory of information provides us with a possibility...to define the amount of information obtained from a certain experiment, and to measure it in a precise way. We only need to know the field of uncertainty - before and after the observation. The logarithm of the ratio of these two uncertainties yields the amount of information. If the final uncertainty is very small (very accurate measurement) the information obtained is very large.
Borel and the gram of matter on Sirius
In his 1964 book, Scientific Uncertainty, and Information, Brillouin cited Emile Borel (Introduction géométrique a quelques théories physiques, 1914, p.94) as explaining how an external disturbance could randomize the motions of molecules in a terrestrial gas.
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