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Converges to zero. 1) defines a separating norm, so the space can be completed to a Hubert space *', with the linear structure defined in the usual way. This does not yet, however, suffice to define the scalar product of different vectors Ix> and $y>. Though only vectors such that (x,jx1) = (y,Iy1) = 1 for all i need to be considered, there are still two possibilities, namely fl Rx,Iy,)I -+ c > 0, and fl —'0, where —' means unconditional convergence. In case (II), i(x1 I —' 0 as well, and the vectors may be considered orthogonal.

Let 4' be the algebra of multiplication operators and ID(a) = J dp(x)a(x)p(x) for some non-negative, measurable p. , then 4) is semifinite. In all cases the trace is normal. on j2, and ID(a) = 7. Let 4' be the algebra of multiplication operators a, when the limit exists, and otherwise let the trace be defined by linear extension with the Hahn—Banach theorem. The trace is finite neither faithful nor normal: If F = {(a1), where as = 1 for finitely many i and otherwise = 0), then s = (a, = 1), and ID(s) = 1, but (b(a) = 0 for all a F.

I (p, — and sup Tr Upu = + — mX11 + ÷ = I = — 4-... + (Th + P2)(22 + (m ± — + . + = Choose an n-dimensonal projection for a and use the mm-max principal. The proof of (ii) is similar. 2 The Properties of Entropy The information about a system in a mixed state is incomplete. The entropy is a measure of how Jar from maximal the information is. In statistical physics, entropy is not an observable in the sense of an operator on Hubert space, but rather a property of the state of the system, measuring the lack of our knowledge as expressed in the specification of the state.