### Readings

### Assignments

- Problem Set 8 (PDF)
- Problem Set 8 Solutions (PDF)
- More Quiz Review

### Resources

#### Technical

The person most responsible for use of maximum entropy principles in various fields of science is Edwin T. Jaynes. The seminal papers are:

- Jaynes, E. T. “Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics (PDF - 2.1 MB).”
*Physical Review*106 (May 15, 1957): 620–630.

This paper started the use of the Principle of Maximum Entropy in physics. - ———. “Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics II (PDF - 3.6 MB).”
*Physical Review*108 (October 15, 1957): 171–190.

Continuation of the previous reference.

#### Historical

- Joseph-Louis Lagrange (1736–1813) biography
- Edwin T. Jaynes (1922–1998) biography, photograph, and bibliography

#### Books

- The philosophy of assuming maximum uncertainty is discussed in Chapter 3 of Tribus, M.
*Thermostatics and Thermodynamics*. Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Co, Inc., 1961. - Another good explanation, in terms of estimating probabilities of an unfair die is in Jaynes, E. T. “Information Theory and Statistical Mechanics (PDF).” In
*Statistical Physics*. Brandeis Summer Institute 1962. New York, NY: W. A. Benjamin, Inc., 1963. pp. 181–218. - Personal history by Jaynes, Edwin T. “Where Do We Stand on Maximum Entropy? (PDF - 2.5 MB)” In
*The Maximum Entropy Formalism*. Edited by Raphael D. Levine and Myron Tribus. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1978. pp. 15-118. ISBN: 9780262120807.