Order Out of Chaos: Man's New Dialogue with Nature
Belgian philosopher Isabelle Stengers and Ilya Prigogine, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1977 for his work on the thermodynamics of non-equilibrium systems, make their ideas accessible to a wide audience in this book, which has engendered massive debate in Europe and America. Stengers and Prigogine show how the two great themes of classic science, order and chaos, which coex...more
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The topic is chaos, or rather chaos theory. This is the perspective of Soviet/European side as opposed to American approaches a la Feigenbaum et.al. It aims to go very deep to the heart of our conceptions of the universe and how it works. I can't claim that I understood or appreciate all of it. But the project was huge.
Do to the scientific nature of it, I recall it was hard to read and I really had to concentrate. But frankly this was one of the ...more
5 foot high nests?
Uses Chemical Thermodynamics to explore how evolution
could possibly occur.
Posits the idea that the 2nd law of thermodynamics,
is more basic than quantum mechanics, ie that QM
is based on 2nd law, not the other way.
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