Elliott H. Lieb and Jakob Yngvason
A Fresh Look at Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
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ABSTRACT. This paper is a non-technical, informal presentation of our theory of
the second law of thermodynamics as a law that is independent of
statistical mechanics and that is derivable solely from certain simple
assumptions about adiabatic processes for macroscopic systems. It is not
necessary to assume a-priori concepts such as "heat", "hot and cold",
"temperature". These are derivable from entropy, whose existence we
derive from the basic assumptions. See mp_arc 99-37 and 98-339.