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25 forT= 298 K. 23) Here both the growing energy and the dropping entropy work against the formation of glucose and we may ask how photosynthesis can happen at all. Part of the answer is that the necessary increase of energy is provided by the radiative energy of the Sun. But how do we provide for the necessary decrease ofentropy. SR of the glucose synthesis. To my knowledge there is no agreement among scientists as to the nature of the accompanying process, but there are at least two suggestions.

Clearly, what was needed was an interpretation in terms of molecules or atoms. And that is why everyone in the last decades of the 19th century worked on what was then called the mechanical theory of heat. Clausius, James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) (see Maxwell1866) and Ludwig Edward Boltzmann (1844-1906) (see Boltzmann 1910) were all considering the distribution function f(x, p, t), where f dx dp is the number of atoms in the volume element dx with momenta between p and p + dp. Boltzmann succeeded in writing a differential equation for that function, an equation which is now called the Boltzmann equation.

Denbigh 1990) We give an overview of some probabilistic facets of entropy, recalling how entropy shows up naturally in various different situations ranging from information theory and hypothesis testing over large deviations and the central limit theorem to interacting random fields and the equivalence of ensembles. 1 Entropy as a Measure of Uncertainty As is well known, it was Ludwig Boltzmann who first gave a probabilistic interpretation of thermodynamic entropy. 1) which is engraved on his tombstone in Vienna: the entropy S of an observed macroscopic state is nothing other than the logarithmic probability of its occurrence, up to some scalar factor k (the Boltzmann constant), which is physically significant but can be ignored from a mathematical point of view.