Algorithmic thermodynamics & Eddington
John Baez and Mike Stay have written an interesting paper combining algorithmic information theory with statistical mechanics. Looks to be an interesting read. Incidentally, while over at the n-Category Café, I stumbled across an old (and very interesting) post on dimensional analysis. One of the comments indicated that Clive Kilmister had died. This is certainly possible, though I’m very surprised I hadn’t heard of it. The last time I saw Clive (which was admittedly six years ago) he was alive, well, and spritely. Alas it is nevertheless possible that he has passed on, though I sincerely hope not. Clive – along with Ted Bastin, Pierre Noyes, Frederick Parker-Rhodes, and John Amson – founded the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association (ANPA). They were essentially the successors to Eddington (which explains why I know them since my dissertation was on Eddington’s Fundamental Theory not to mention that John Amson is a retired St. Andrews mathematics professor who I had the pleasure of lunching with one afternoon at his home in Crail while I was working on my dissertation). They are/were interesting folks and a testament to the great tradition of off-beat foundational work that exists in the UK. I sincerely miss that.