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Physics and Probability
Essays in Honor of Edwin T. Jaynes

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Joel A. Snow, D. J. Scalapino, B. W. Shore, P. L. Knight, H. Walther, P. Meystre, J. H. Eberly, M. O. Scully, T. W. Hänsch, M. Fleischhauer, C. H. Keitel, Shi-Yao Zhu, Michael D. Crisp, Peter W. Milonni, Edwin A. Power, L. Mandel, C. R. Stroud, Jr., Richard J. Cook, F. W. Cummings, David Hestenes, C. Ray Smith, G. Larry Bretthorst, Arnold Zellner, Chung-ki Min, John Skilling, R. N. Silver, Baldwin Robertson, E. T. James, Edwin T. Jaynes
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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521617109

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  • The pioneering work of Edwin T. Jaynes in the field of statistical physics, quantum optics, and probability theory has had a significant and lasting effect on the study of many physical problems, ranging from fundamental theoretical questions through to practical applications such as optical image restoration. Physics and Probability is a collection of papers in these areas by some of his many colleagues and former students, based largely on lectures given at a symposium celebrating Jaynes' contributions, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday and retirement as Wayman Crow Professor of Physics at Washington University. The collection contains several authoritative overviews of current research on maximum entropy and quantum optics, where Jaynes' work has been particularly influential, as well as reports on a number of related topics. In the concluding paper, Jaynes looks back over his career, and gives encouragement and sound advice to young scientists. All those engaged in research on any of the topics discussed in these papers will find this a useful and fascinating collection, and a fitting tribute to an outstanding and innovative scientist.

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521617109
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Recollection of an independent thinker Joel A. Snow
    2. A look back: early applications of maximum entropy estimation to quantum statistical mechanics D. J. Scalapino
    3. The Jaynes-Cummings revival B. W. Shore and P. L. Knight
    4. The Jaynes-Cummings model and the one-atom-master H. Walther
    5. The Jaynes-Cummings model is alive and well P. Meystre
    6. Self-consistent radiation reaction in quantum optics - Jaynes' influence and a new example in cavity QED J. H. Eberly
    7. Enhancing the index of refraction in a nonabsorbing medium: phaseonium versus a mixture of two-level atoms M. O. Scully, T. W. Hänsch, M. Fleischhauer, C. H. Keitel and Shi-Yao Zhu
    8. Ed Jaynes' steak dinner problem II Michael D. Crisp
    9. Source theory of vacuum field effects Peter W. Milonni
    10. The natural line shape Edwin A. Power
    11. An operational approach to Schrödinger's cat L. Mandel
    12. The classical limit of an atom C. R. Stroud, Jr.
    13. Mutual radiation reaction in spontaneous emission Richard J. Cook
    14. A model of neutron star dynamics F. W. Cummings
    15. The kinematic origin of complex wave function David Hestenes
    16. On radar target identification C. Ray Smith
    17. On the difference in means G. Larry Bretthorst
    18. Bayesian analysis, model selection and prediction Arnold Zellner and Chung-ki Min
    19. Bayesian numerical analysis John Skilling
    20. Quantum statistical inference R. N. Silver
    21. Application of the maximum entropy principle to nonlinear systems far from equilibrium H. Haken
    22. Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics Baldwin Robertson
    23. A backward look to the future E. T. James
    Appendix. Vita and bibliography of Edwin T. Jaynes
    Index.

  • Editors

    W. T. Grandy, Jr, University of Wyoming

    P. W. Milonni, Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Contributors

    Joel A. Snow, D. J. Scalapino, B. W. Shore, P. L. Knight, H. Walther, P. Meystre, J. H. Eberly, M. O. Scully, T. W. Hänsch, M. Fleischhauer, C. H. Keitel, Shi-Yao Zhu, Michael D. Crisp, Peter W. Milonni, Edwin A. Power, L. Mandel, C. R. Stroud, Jr., Richard J. Cook, F. W. Cummings, David Hestenes, C. Ray Smith, G. Larry Bretthorst, Arnold Zellner, Chung-ki Min, John Skilling, R. N. Silver, Baldwin Robertson, E. T. James, Edwin T. Jaynes

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