The Science of Disorder: Understanding the Complexity, Uncertainty, and Pollution in Our World

The Science of Disorder: Understanding the Complexity, Uncertainty, and Pollution in Our World

by Jack Hokikian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0970895321

ISBN-13: 9780970895325

Pub. Date: 05/15/2002

Publisher: Los Feliz Publishing

The last 200 years have brought humankind an impressive array of technological marvels. These innovations have made their way into our industries, homes, and places of work. We are now surrounded with all kinds of "timesaving" devices, yet we have less time for ourselves than our parents and grandparents had. It seems that nothing is impossible for the human race

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The last 200 years have brought humankind an impressive array of technological marvels. These innovations have made their way into our industries, homes, and places of work. We are now surrounded with all kinds of "timesaving" devices, yet we have less time for ourselves than our parents and grandparents had. It seems that nothing is impossible for the human race and that we are in control of the world in which we live, yet biological and electronic bugs and viruses are threatening us daily in complex and unpredictable ways. World population and globalization of economies are growing steadily, as are environmental and socioeconomic disorders. Our technological powers are increasing, but so are their side effects and unintended consequences.

In the Science of Disorder, physicist and information technologist Jack Hokikian explains our predicament through the Laws of Thermodynamics-the Laws of Energy and Entropy. These laws control all processes in the universe, including our technologies and activities. Dr. Hokikian gives a comprehensive review of the significance of these fundamental Laws of Nature, especially as they apply to the environment and to our lives. He shows us how we can attain-through the Laws of Thermodynamics-a philosophy of life that can guide us in our daily actions and decisions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970895325
Publisher:
Los Feliz Publishing
Publication date:
05/15/2002
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Nature's First Law

What is Energy?
The Emergence of the First Law of Thermodynamics
Impossibility of Perpetual Motion Machines
Radioactivity and Perpetual Energy

Chapter 2. Nature's Second Law

The Beginning of a New Science
The Birth of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Nature's Irreversible Trend
What Is That Quantity Called Entropy?
Maxwell's Demon Attempts to Demolish Nature's Law of Entropy
Entropy as "Time's Arrow"
Boltzmann's Entropy Relation

Chapter 3. Nature's Laws in Action

The Relentless Increase of Entropy
From a Clockwork Universe to the Heat Death of the Universe
Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Entropy as a Measure of Ignorance and Uncertainty
Humans as an Open Thermodynamic System
Why Do We Age Irreversibly?
Is Evolution a Miracle in Violation of the Second Law?

Chapter 4. Knowledge and Entropy

Knowledge Undergoes Thermodynamic Transformation
Thermodynamic View of the Educational System
Disorder in Knowledge

Chapter 5. The United States in High Entropy

The High-Entropic Life in the United States
Possessions Generate Entropy and Dissipate Time
Drowning in a Sea of Words
More Choices but Less Time
Are We Freeing Ourselves from Machines, at Last?

Chapter 6. The Agricultural-Industrial Complex

Modern Agriculture and the Second Law
Chemical Control of Insects
Soil Erosion and Degradation of the Environment

Chapter 7. What Does the Second Law Really Say?

The Availability of Energy and Natural Resources Revisited
Entropy: The Supreme Manager of All Natural Processes
The Greenhouse Effect
High Tech's Environmental Entropy
Can We "Control" Natural Processes?

Chapter 8. Economics, the Environment, and the Laws of Thermodynamics

Economic Theories
The Economics of Computers and Technology
The Concept of Environmental Externalities in Economics
Economics as an Applied Science

Chapter 9. Why Things Look So Good on the Horizon--Until We Get There

Why Great Expectations Turn to Disillusionments
Is Nuclear Fusion Our Response to the Second Law?
Space: The Unlimited Frontier?
Entropy and Growing Global Interdependence

Chapter 10. The World Through the Eyes of Thermodynamics

The Concept of "Doing More with Less"
Change and Technological "Progress" Re-examined
Recognizing Low- and High-Entropic Actions and Life-styles

Chapter 11. The Thermodynamic Imperative

Does Science Tell Us How to Live?
The Necessity of Projecting a Consistent Scientific Message
Making Entropy a Part of Our Daily Language
Thermodynamics and the Unity of Knowledge

Notes

Index

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