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Into the cool : energy flow, thermodynamics, and life

Author: Eric D Schneider; Dorion Sagan
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005. ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Scientists, theologians, and philosophers have all sought to answer the questions of why we are here and where we are going. This natural basis of life has proved elusive, but in Into the Cool, Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan look for answers in a surprising place: the second law of thermodynamics. This second law refers to energy's inevitable tendency to change from being concentrated in one place to becoming  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric D Schneider; Dorion Sagan
ISBN: 0226739368 9780226739366 0226739376 9780226739373
OCLC Number: 56982032
Description: xviii, 362 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Part I: The Energetic --
1. The Schrodinger Paradox --
2. Simplicity --
3. Eyes of Fire: Classical Energy Science --
4. The Cosmic Casino: Statistical Mechanics --
5. Nature Abhors a Gradient --
6. The River Must Flow: Open Systems --
7. Too Much, Not Enough: Cycles --
Part II: The Complex --
8. Swirl World --
9. Physics' Own "Organisms" --
10. Whirlpools and Weather --
Part III: The Living --
11. Thermodynamics and Life --
12. Brimstone Beginnings --
13. Blue Planet Blues --
14. Regress under Stress --
15. The Secret of Trees --
16. Into the Cool --
17. Trends in Evolution --
Part IV: The Human --
18. Health, Vigor, and Longevity --
19. Economics --
20. Purpose in Life --
Appendix: Principles of Open Thermodynamic Systems.
Responsibility: Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan.
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Schneider and Sagan organize their argument in a highly accessible manner, moving from descriptions of the basic physics behind energy flow to the organization of complex systems to the role of  Read more...


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