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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.

Table Of Contents

Preface

Recollections of an Independent Thinker 1

A Look Back: Early Applications of Maximum Entropy Estimation to Quantum

Statistical Mechanics 9

The Jaynes-Cummings Revival 15

The Jaynes-Cummings Model and the One-Atom-Maser 33

The Jaynes-Cummings Model is Alive and Well 49

Self-Consistent Radiation Reaction in Quantum Optics - Jaynes' Influence

and a New Example in Cavity QED 63

Enhancing the Index of Refraction in a Nonabsorbing Medium: Phaseonium

Versus a Mixture of Two-Level Atoms 73

Ed Jaynes' Steak Dinner Problem II 81

Source Theory of Vacuum Field Effects 91

The Natural Line Shape 101

An Operational Approach to Schrodinger's Cat 113

The Classical Limit of an Atom 117

Mutual Radiation Reaction in Spontaneous Emission 127

A Model of Neutron Star Dynamics 137

The Kinematic Origin of Complex Wave Functions 153

On Radar Target Identification 161

On the Difference in Means 177

Bayesian Analysis, Model Selection and Prediction 195

Bayesian Numerical Analysis 207

Quantum Statistical Inference 223

Application of the Maximum Entropy Principle to Nonlinear Systems Far

from Equilibrium 239

Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics 251

A Backward Look to the Future 261

Appendix: Vita and Bibliography of Edwin T. Jaynes 277

Index 283

Product Details

* ISBN: 0521617103

* ISBN-13: 9780521617109

* Format: Paperback, 294pp

* Publisher: Cambridge University Press

* Pub. Date: October 2004

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