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Energy, Complexity and Wealth Maximization.

Author: Robert Ayres
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2016.
Series: Frontiers collection.
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This book is about the mechanisms of wealth creation, or what we like to think of as evolutionary "progress". For the modern economy, natural wealth consists of complex physical structures of condensed ("frozen") energy -- mass - maintained in the earth's crust far from thermodynamic equilibrium. However, we usually perceive wealth as created when mutation or "invention"--A change agent - introduces something  Read more...
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Ayres, Robert.
Energy, Complexity and Wealth Maximization.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Ayres
ISBN: 9783319305455 331930545X 9783319305448 3319305441
OCLC Number: 954046001
Notes: 10.5 On Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Gains by Systems Integration.
Description: 1 online resource (606 pages)
Contents: Praise for Energy, Complexity and Wealth Maximization; Preface; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Thesis; Part I ; Chapter 3: A Brief History of Ideas: Energy, Entropy and Evolution; 3.1 Aristotle, Descartes, Newton and Leibnitz; 3.2 Heat: Caloric vs Phlogiston; 3.3 The Birth of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics; 3.4 Chemistry: From Lavoisier to Gibbs; 3.5 Electricity and Electromagnetism; 3.6 Geology and Earth Science; 3.7 Darwin and Biological Evolution; 3.8 Ecology; 3.9 Entropy, Exergy, Order and Information. 3.10 Monism, ``Energetics ́́and EconomicsChapter 4: The Cosmos, The Sun and The Earth; 4.1 Astronomy and Astrophysics; 4.2 Quantum Mechanics and Relativity; 4.3 The Black Hole in Physics; 4.4 Nucleosynthesis: Love Among the Nucleons; 4.5 The Sun and Solar System; 4.6 The Elements Needed to Sustain Life (and Technology); 4.7 The Terra-Forming of Earth; 4.8 The Long-Term Future of Planet Earth; 4.9 Summary of Pre-biotic Evolution; Chapter 5: The Origin of Life; 5.1 Exogenesis?; 5.2 The Origin of Organic Monomers; 5.3 From Monomers to Polymers; 5.4 Self-replication of Macromolecules (Genes). 5.5 Genetic Code: RNA and DNA5.6 Information Transfer: The Genetic Code; 5.7 Oxygen Photosynthesis; 5.8 The ``Great Oxidation ́́and the ``Invention ́́of Respiration; 5.9 Evolution Before the Cambrian Explosion; 5.10 The ``Cambrian Explosion;́́ 5.11 Since the Asteroid; 5.12 Down from the Trees; Chapter 6: Energy, Water, Climate and Cycles; 6.1 The Earthś Energy (Exergy) Balance; 6.2 The Hydrological Cycle; 6.3 Ocean Currents and Atmospheric Circulation; 6.4 Climate Change; 6.5 Bio-geochemical Cycles; 6.6 The Carbon-Oxygen Cycle; 6.7 The Nitrogen Cycle; 6.8 The Sulfur Cycle. 6.9 The Phosphorus Cycle6.10 Thermodynamic Dis-equilibrium; Chapter 7: Summary of Part I: From the ``Big Bang ́́to Nutrient Cycles; Part II ; Chapter 8: Energy and Technology; 8.1 The Enhancement of Skin; 8.2 The Taming of Fire; 8.3 Transmission of Knowledge: Writing and Replication; 8.4 The Dawn of Civilization and the Beginning of Agriculture; 8.5 Agricultural Surplus and Cities; 8.6 Slavery and Conquest; 8.7 Money and Coinage; 8.8 Productive Technology; Chapter 9: The New World: And Science; 9.1 The Discovery of the New World; 9.2 From Charcoal and Iron to Coal and Steel. 9.3 Gunpowder and Cannons9.4 Steam Power; 9.5 Town Gas, Coal Tar, Aniline Dyes and Ammonia Synthesis; 9.6 Petroleum; 9.7 The Internal (Infernal) Combustion Engine; 9.8 Electrification and Communications; 9.9 Telecommunication and Digital Technology; 9.10 The Demographic Transition: The Final Disproof of Malthus or a Prelude?; Chapter 10: Energy, Technology and the Future; 10.1 This Time Is Different; 10.2 ``Peak Oil;́́ 10.3 More on Fracking: Is It a Game Changer?; 10.4 The Inevitable Decline of the Internal Combustion Engine.
Series Title: Frontiers collection.

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