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

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    xi
Introduction xiii
Nature's First Law 1 (16)
What is Energy? 3 (2)
The Emergence of the First Law of 5 (5)
Thermodynamics
Impossibility of Perpetual Motion Machines 10 (4)
Radioactivity and Perpetual Energy 14 (3)
Nature's Second Law 17 (26)
The Beginning of a New Science 19 (3)
The Birth of the Second Law of 22 (3)
Thermodynamics
Nature's Irreversible Trend 25 (2)
What Is That Quantity Called Entropy? 27 (3)
Maxwell's Demon Attempts to Demolish 30 (3)
Nature's Law of Entropy
Entropy as ``Time's Arrow'' 33 (5)
Boltzmann's Entropy Relation 38 (5)
Nature's Laws in Action 43 (30)
The Relentless Increase of Entropy 45 (5)
From a Clockwork Universe to the Heat Death 50 (3)
of the Universe
Thermodynamics and Cosmology 53 (4)
Entropy as a Measure of Ignorance and 57 (6)
Uncertainty
Humans as an Open Thermodynamic System 63 (4)
Why Do We Age Irreversibly? 67 (3)
Is Evolution a Miracle in Violation of the 70 (3)
Second Law?
Knowledge and Entropy 73 (16)
Knowledge Undergoes Thermodynamic 75 (4)
Transformation
Thermodynamic View of the Educational System 79 (4)
Disorder in Knowledge 83 (6)
The United States in High Entropy 89 (20)
The High-Entropic Life in the United States 91 (3)
Possessions Generate Entropy and Dissipate 94 (3)
Time
Drowning in a Sea of Words 97 (4)
More Choices but Less Time 101 (4)
Are We Freeing Ourselves from Machines, at 105 (4)
Last?
The Agricultural-Industrial Complex 109 (14)
Modern Agriculture and the Second Law 111 (4)
Chemical Control of Insects 115 (5)
Soil Erosion and Degradation of the 120 (3)
Environment
What Does the Second Law Really Say? 123 (26)
The Availability of Energy and Natural 125 (4)
Resources Revisited
Entropy: The Supreme Manager of All Natural 129 (4)
Processes
The Greenhouse Effect 133 (3)
High Tech`s Environmental Entropy 136 (3)
Can We ``Control'' Natural Processes? 139 (10)
Economics, the Environment, and the Laws of 149 (32)
Thermodynamics
Economic Theories 151 (6)
The Economics of Computers and Technology 157 (4)
The Concept of Environmental Externalities 161 (10)
in Economics
Economics as an Applied Science 171 (10)
Why Things Look So Good on the 181 (24)
Horizon---Until We Get There
Why Great Expectations Turn to 183 (6)
Disillusionments
Is Nuclear Fusion Our Response to the 189 (4)
Second Law?
Space: The Unlimited Frontier? 193 (4)
Entropy and Growing Global Interdependence 197 (8)
The World Through the Eyes of Thermodynamics 205 (24)
The Concept of ``Doing More with Less'' 207 (7)
Change and Technological ``Progress'' 214 (6)
Re-examined
Recognizing Low- and High-Entropic Actions 220 (9)
and Life-styles
The Thermodynamic Imperative 229 (26)
Does Science Tell Us How to Live? 231 (3)
The Necessity of Projecting a Consistent 234 (5)
Scientific Message
Making Entropy a Part of Our Daily Language 239 (2)
Thermodynamics and the Unity of Knowledge 241 (14)
Notes 255 (30)
Index 285