Chapter 8

From Nature’s Tendency To Statistical Mechanics

Alberto Gianinetti

Abstract

Some processes happen spontaneously. What, at a macroscopic level, appears as a nature’s tendency, is an effect of the complex statistical behaviour of the microscopic particles: their overall net effect emerges at the macroscopic level as a spontaneous force that determines if and how a system can spontaneously change, and if and toward which direction a process is therefore started.

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