Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics, and Life

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"In his well-known essay 'The Two Cultures, ' C.P. Snow famously remarked that an inability to describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics was a form of ignorance comparable with never having read a work of Shakespeare. It's fair to say that these days, the Second Law gets far less press than the Bard. Enter "Into the Cool," in which the authors claim that the study of thermodynamics (in some ways the neglected stepchild of the sciences) can inform our understanding of biology, ecology and even economics. The authors begin by rephrasing the Second Law-as 'Nature abhors a gradient'-and proceed to illustrate its relevance to large systems in general. Whether one is considering the difference between heat and cold or between inflated prices and market values, they argue, we can apply insights from thermodynamics and entropy to understand how systems tend toward equilibrium. The result is an impressive work that ranges across disciplinary boundaries and draws from disparate literatures without blinking. It's also a book that (much like Shakespeare and the Second Law of Thermodynamics) requires effort on the reader's part-it's not for casual reading."--Publishers Weekly

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The authors look to the laws of thermodynamics for answers to the questions of evolution, ecology, economics, and even life's origin.

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Verlag: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR Dez 2006 (2006)
ISBN 10: 0226739376 ISBN 13: 9780226739373
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