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

Verso Books, 23 jan 2018 - 384 pagina's
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

Order Out of Chaos is a sweeping critique of the discordant landscape of modern scientific knowledge. In this landmark book, Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine and acclaimed philosopher Isabelle Stengers offer an exciting and accessible account of the philosophical implications of thermodynamics. Prigogine and Stengers bring contradictory philosophies of time and chance into a novel and ambitious synthesis. Since its first publication in France in 1978, this book has sparked debate among physicists, philosophers, literary critics and historians.

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The Amplification of Fluctuations
Structural Stability
Logistic Evolution
Evolutionary Feedback
Modelizations of Complexity
An Open World
From Being to Becoming
Rediscovering Time 1 A Change of Emphasis

The Triumph of Reason 1 The New Moses
A Dehumanized World
The Newtonian Synthesis
The Experimental Dialogue
The Myth at the Origin of Science
The Limits of Classical Science
The Identification of the Real 1 Newtons Laws
Motion and Change
The Language of Dynamics
Laplaces Demon
The Two Cultures 1 Diderot and the Discourse of the Living
Kants Critical Ratification
A Philosophy of Nature? Hegel and Bergson
The Positivists Strain 6 A New Start
The Science of Complexity
Energy and the Industrial
The Principle of the Conservation of Energy
Heat Engines and the Arrow of Time
From Technology to Cosmology
The Birth of Entropy
Boltzmanns Order Principle
Carnot and Darwin
The Three Stages of Thermodynamics 1 Flux and Force
Linear Thermodynamics 3 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
Order Through Fluctuations 1 Fluctuations and Chemistry
Fluctuations and Correlations
The End of Universality
The Rise of Quantum Mechanics
Heisenbergs Uncertainty Relation
The Temporal Evolution of Quantum Systems
A Nonequilibrium Universe
The Clash of Doctrines
Boltzmanns Breakthrough
Questioning Boltzmanns Interpretation
Two Separate Worlds
Boltzmann and the Arrow of Time
Irreversibilitythe Entropy Barrier 1 Entropy and the Arrow of Time
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
From Earth to Heaventhe Reenchantment of 10 NOTES INDEX 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
The Creative Course of Time
The Human Condition
The Renewal of Nature

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Over de auteur (2018)

Isabelle Stengers is a professor of philosophy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her publications include Cosmopolitics. She received the Grand Prize for Philosophy from the Académie Française in 1993.

Ilya Prigogine (1917–2003) was a Belgian physical chemist noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems and irreversibility. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1977.

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