Order Out of Chaos: Man’s New Dialogue with Nature

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Verso Books, 1 dec. 2017 - 384 pagina's
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A pioneering book that shows how the two great themes of classic science, order and chaos, are being reconciled in a new and unexpected synthesis.

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This fascinating book covers the rise of understanding of our world from the protoscience of the ancient Greeks to the mid to late twentieth century. For a popular account, there is a surprising ... Volledige review lezen

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A thorough, but sometimes dense introduction to non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The author raises some interesting issues, especially with respect to the concept of time. The main problems with the ... Volledige review lezen

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FOREWORD
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
Energy and the Industrial Age 1 Heat the Rival of Gravitation
The Principle of the Conservation of Energy
CHAPTER VII
The End of Universality
The Rise of Quantum Mechanics
Heisenbergs Uncertainty Relation
The Temporal Evolution of Quantum Systems
A Nonequilibrium Universe
CHAPTER VIII
Boltzmanns Breakthrough

Heat Engines and the Arrow of Time
From Technology to Cosmology
The Birth of Entropy
Boltzmanns Order Principle
Carnot and Darwin
CHAPTER V
Linear Thermodynamics
Far from Equilibrium
Beyond the Threshold of Chemical Instability
The Encounter with Molecular Biology
Bifurcations and SymmetryBreaking
Cascading Bifurcations and the Transitions to Chaos 8 From Euclid to Aristotle
CHAPTER VI
Fluctuations and Correlations
The Amplification of Fluctuations
Structural Stability
Logistic Evolution
Evolutionary Feedback
Modelizations of Complexity
An Open World
From Being to Becoming
Questioning Boltzmanns Interpretation
Two Separate Worlds
Boltzmann and the Arrow of Time
CHAPTER IX
Irreversibility as a SymmetryBreaking Process
The Limits of Classical Concepts
The Renewal of Dynamics
From Randomness to Irreversibility
The Entropy Barrier
The Dynamics of Correlations
Entropy as a Selection Principle
Active Matter
CONCLUSIONS
From Earth to Heaventhe Reenchantment of Nature 1 An Open Science
Time and Times
The Entropy Barrier
The Evolutionary Paradigm
Actors and Spectators
A Whirlwind in a Turbulent Nature
Beyond Tautology
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