Archive for April 3, 2017

The Bayesian Second Law of Thermodynamics

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , on April 3, 2017 by telescoper

I post occasionally about Bayesian probability, particularly with respect to Bayesian inference, and related applications to physics and other things, such as thermodynamics, so in that light here’s a paper I stumbled across yesterday. It’s not a brand new paper – it came out on the ArXiv in 2015 – but it’s of sufficiently long-term interest to warrant sharing on here. Here’s the abstract:

You can download the full paper here. There’s also an accessible commentary by one of the authors here.

The interface between thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, information theory  and probability is a fascinating one, but too often important conceptual questions remain unanswered, or indeed unasked, while the field absorbs itself in detailed calculations. Refreshingly, this paper takes the opposite approach.




Campaigners say right-wing attempts to singe King of Spain’s beard nothing new

Posted in Beards, Politics on April 3, 2017 by telescoper

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Campaigners say right-wing attempts to singe King of Spain’s beard nothing new


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has warned that the current furore around Gibraltar as Brexit discussions open may be a ploy by right-wing elements in the Tory Party to launch a fresh attack on the King of Spain’s beard.

King Felipe V1 who sports a salt and pepper beard is thought to be the only serving hirsute European monarch.

Francis Drake, after agreement with Queen Elizabeth 1st, launched an attempt to singe the beard of an earlier King of Spain, also called Felipe at Cadiz, prior to the 1588 Armada.

The Daily Mail complained about King Felipe’s beard on his appointment in 2014:

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’re no great fans of Royal Families but…

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