Public Workshop: December 14, 2001
Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University
The working group and workshop will explore some underlying connections between biology, computational complexity, discrete mathematics ,dynamical systems and statistical physics. All these disciplines use in one way or another something called entropy, a word first introduced by Rudolf Clausius in 1865 when he enunciated his famous two laws:
1.The energy of the universe stays constant
2.The entropy of the universe always increases.
But just what is entropy? It is frequently said that entropy is a measure of disorder, and while this needs many qualifications and clarifications it does represent something essential about it. We hope that by comparing the uses of entropy in these very different contexts we will be able to gain new insights into some universal aspects common to all of them.