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This book seeks to bridge the gap between leading edge scholarship about the nature of the physical, tangible Universe and the nature of the life process on Earth on the one hand, and on the other hand challenges facing human society as to the current revolution in energy sources, national and international levels of political and economic organization, and humanity`s impacts upon the global ecosystem which have given rise to the depiction of a new era in earthlife termed the anthropocene.The author`s public career included responsibilities for economic policy formulation and implementation at the United States Department of Justice, the United States Agency for International Development, and a White House Office of Consumer Affairs. This provided an elevated overview of many current economic and political issues.These responsibilities stimulated a multidecade exploration of leading academics` insights into the relational structuring of the Universe, nonequilibrium thermodynamics, complexity in the universe, and the structure of the life process. This book applies such fundamental insights to the question whether humanity will succeed or fail in its ambitious but uncertain quest.
non equilibrium thermodynamics  life structure  anthropocene
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The firms and markets of today's complex socioeconomic system developed in a spontaneous process termed evolution, in just the same way as the universe, the solar system, the Earth and all that lives upon it. Darwin's theory of evolution clearly demonstrated that evolution involved increasing organization. As we began to explore the molecular basis of life and its evolution, it became equally clear that it depended on the processing and communication of information. This book develops a consistent theory of evolution in its wider sense, examining the information based laws and forces that drive it. Exploring subjects as diverse as economics and the theories of thermodynamics, the author revisits the paradox of the apparent conflict between the laws of thermodynamics and evolution to arrive at a systems theory, tracing a continuous line of evolving information sets that connect the BigBang to the firms and markets of our current socioeconomic system.
industrial evolution  thermodynamics  human evolution  economic theory  socioeconomic system
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A challenging frontier in modern statistical physics concerns systems with a small number of degrees of freedom, far from the thermodynamic limit. Beyond the general interest in the foundation of statistical mechanics, the relevance of this subject is due to the recent increase of resolution in the observation and manipulation of biological and manmade objects at micro and nanoscales. A peculiar feature of small systems is the role played by fluctuations, which cannot be neglected and are responsible for many nontrivial behaviors. The study of fluctuations of thermodynamic quantities, such as energy or entropy, goes back to Einstein, Onsager, and Kubo; more recently, interest in this matter has grown with the establishment of new fluctuation–dissipation relations, and of socalled stochastic thermodynamics. This turning point has received a strong impulse from the study of systems that are far from the thermodynamic equilibrium, due to very long relaxation times, as in disordered systems, or due to the presence of external forcing and dissipation, as in granular or active matter. Applications of the thermodynamic and statistical mechanics of small systems range from molecular biology to micromechanics, including models of nanotransport, Brownian motors, and (living or artificial) selfpropelled organisms.
Statistical Mechanics  Small Systems  Stochastic Thermodynamics  NonEquilibrium Fluctuations  Large Deviations
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Heat and mass transfer is the core science for many industrial processes as well as technical and scientific devices. Automotive, aerospace, power generation (both by conventional and renewable energies), industrial equipment and rotating machinery, materials and chemical processing, and many other industries are requiring heat and mass transfer processes. Since the early studies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, there has been tremendous technical progress and scientific advances in the knowledge of heat and mass transfer, where modeling and simulation developments are increasingly contributing to the current state of the art. Heat and Mass Transfer  Advances in Science and Technology Applications aims at providing researchers and practitioners with a valuable compendium of significant advances in the field.
Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology  Materials Science  Metals and Nonmetals  Thermodynamics
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In the spring of 2011, a diverse group of scientists gathered at Cornell University to discuss their research into the nature and origin of biological information. This symposium brought together experts in information theory, computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics. This volume presents new research by those invited to speak at the conference.The contributors to this volume use their wideranging expertise in the area of biological information to bring fresh insights into the many explanatory difficulties associated with biological information. These authors raise major challenges to the conventional scientific wisdom, which attempts to explain all biological information exclusively in terms of the standard mutation/selection paradigm.Several clear themes emerged from these research papers: 1) Information is indispensable to our understanding of what life is; 2) Biological information is more than the material structures that embody it; 3) Conventional chemical and evolutionary mechanisms seem insufficient to fully explain the labyrinth of information that is life. By exploring new perspectives on biological information, this volume seeks to expand, encourage, and enrich research into the nature and origin of biological information.Contents:Session One — Information Theory & Biology: Introductory Comments (Robert J Marks II):Biological Information — What is It? (Werner Gitt, Robert Compton and Jorge Fernandez)A General Theory of Information Cost Incurred by Successful Search (William A Dembski, Winston Ewert and Robert J Marks II)Pragmatic Information (John W Oller, Jr)Limits of Chaos and Progress in Evolutionary Dynamics (William F Basener)Tierra: The Character of Adaptation (Winston Ewert, William A Dembski and Robert J Marks II)Multiple Overlapping Genetic Codes Profoundly Reduce the Probability of Beneficial Mutation (George Montañez, Robert J Marks II, Jorge Fernandez and John C Sanford)Entropy, Evolution and Open Systems (Granville Sewell)Information and Thermodynamics in Living Systems (Andy C McIntosh)Session Two — Biological Information and Genetic Theory: Introductory Comments (John C Sanford):Not Junk After All: NonProteinCoding DNA Carries Extensive Biological Information (Jonathan Wells)Can Purifying Natural Selection Preserve Biological Information? (Paul Gibson, John R Baumgardner, Wesley H Brewer and John C Sanford)Selection Threshold Severely Constrains Capture of Beneficial Mutations (John C Sanford, John R Baumgardner and Wesley H Brewer)Using Numerical Simulation to Test the “MutationCount” Hypothesis (Wesley H Brewer, John R Baumgardner and John C Sanford)Can Synergistic Epistasis Halt Mutation Accumulation? Results from Numerical Simulation (John R Baumgardner, Wesley H Brewer and John C Sanford)Computational Evolution Experiments Reveal a Net Loss of Genetic Information Despite Selection (Chase W Nelson and John C Sanford)Information Loss: Potential for Accelerating Natural Genetic Attenuation of RNA Viruses (Wesley H Brewer, Franzine D Smith and John C Sanford)DNA.EXE: A Sequence Comparison between the Human Genome and Computer Code (Josiah Seaman)Biocybernetics and Biosemiosis (Donald Johnson)Session Three — Theoretical Molecular Biology: Introductory Comments (Michael J Behe):An Ode to the Code: Evidence for FineTuning in the Standard Codon Table (Jed C Macosko and Amanda M Smelser)A New Model of Intracellular Communication Based on Coherent, HighFrequency Vibrations in Biomolecules (L Dent)Getting There First: An Evolutionary Rate Advantage for Adaptive LossofFunction Mutations (Michael J Behe)The Membrane Code: A Carrier of Essential Biological Information That is Not Specified by DNA and is Inherited Apart from It (Jonathan Wells)Explaining Metabolic Innovation: NeoDarwinism Versus Design (Douglas D Axe and Ann K Gauger)Session Four — Biological Information and SelfOrganizational Complexity Theory: Introductory Comments (Bruce L Gordon):Evolution Beyond Entailing Law: The Roles of Embodied Information and Self Organization (Stuart Kauffman)Towards a General Biology: Emergence of Life and Information from the Perspective of Complex Systems Dynamics (Bruce H Weber)Readership: Academics, researchers, postgraduates and advanced undergraduates in bioinformatics. Biologists, mathematicians/statisticians, physicists and computer scientists.
Information Theory  Computer Science  Numerical Simulation  Thermodynamics  Evolutionary Theory  Whole Organism Biology  Developmental Biology  Molecular Biology  Genetics  Physics  Biophysics  Mathematics  Linguistics  Biological Information  Mutation/Selection Paradigm
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This Special Issue "Differential Geometrical Theory of Statistics" collates selected invited and contributed talks presented during the conference GSI'15 on "Geometric Science of Information" which was held at the Ecole Polytechnique, ParisSaclay Campus, France, in October 2015 (Conference web site: http://www.see.asso.fr/gsi2015).
Entropy  Coding Theory  Maximum entropy  Information geometry  Computational Information Geometry  Hessian Geometry  Divergence Geometry  Information topology  Cohomology  Shape Space  Statistical physics  Thermodynamics
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For the 250th birthday of Joseph Fourier, born in 1768 in Auxerre, France, this MDPI Special Issue will explore modern topics related to Fourier Analysis and Heat Equation. Modern developments of Fourier analysis during the 20th century have explored generalizations of Fourier and Fourier–Plancherel formula for noncommutative harmonic analysis, applied to locallycompact, nonAbelian groups. In parallel, the theory of coherent states and wavelets has been generalized over Lie groups. One should add the developments, over the last 30 years, of the applications of harmonic analysis to the description of the fascinating world of aperiodic structures in condensed matter physics. The notions of model sets, introduced by Y. Meyer, and of almost periodic functions, have revealed themselves to be extremely fruitful in this domain of natural sciences. The name of Joseph Fourier is also inseparable from the study of the mathematics of heat. Modern research on heat equations explores the extension of the classical diffusion equation on Riemannian, subRiemannian manifolds, and Lie groups. In parallel, in geometric mechanics, JeanMarie Souriau interpreted the temperature vector of Planck as a spacetime vector, obtaining, in this way, a phenomenological model of continuous media, which presents some interesting properties. One last comment concerns the fundamental contributions of Fourier analysis to quantum physics: Quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The content of this Special Issue will highlight papers exploring noncommutative Fourier harmonic analysis, spectral properties of aperiodic order, the hypoelliptic heat equation, and the relativistic heat equation in the context of Information Theory and Geometric Science of Information.
WeylHeisenberg group  affine group  Weyl quantization  Wigner function  covariant integral quantization  Fourier analysis  special functions  rigged Hilbert spaces  quantum mechanics  signal processing  nonFourier heat conduction  thermal expansion  heat pulse experiments  pseudotemperature  GuyerKrumhansl equation  higher order thermodynamics  Lie groups thermodynamics  homogeneous manifold  polysymplectic manifold  dynamical systems  nonequivariant cohomology  Lie group machine learning  SouriauFisher metric  Born–Jordan quantization  shorttime propagators  timeslicing  Van Vleck determinant  thermodynamics  symplectization  metrics  nonequilibrium processes  interconnection  discrete multivariate sine transforms  orthogonal polynomials  cubature formulas  nonequilibrium thermodynamics  variational formulation  nonholonomic constraints  irreversible processes  discrete thermodynamic systems  continuum thermodynamic systems  fourier transform  rigid body motions  partial differential equations  Lévy processes  Lie Groups  homogeneous spaces  stochastic differential equations  harmonic analysis on abstract space  heat equation on manifolds and Lie Groups
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The four volumes of the proceedings of MG14 give a broad view of all aspects of gravitational physics and astrophysics, from mathematical issues to recent observations and experiments. The scientific program of the meeting included 35 morning plenary talks over 6 days, 6 evening popular talks and 100 parallel sessions on 84 topics over 4 afternoons.Volume A contains plenary and review talks ranging from the mathematical foundations of classical and quantum gravitational theories including recent developments in string theory, to precision tests of general relativity including progress towards the detection of gravitational waves, and from supernova cosmology to relativistic astrophysics, including topics such as gamma ray bursts, black hole physics both in our galaxy and in active galactic nuclei in other galaxies, and neutron star, pulsar and white dwarf astrophysics.The remaining volumes include parallel sessions which touch on dark matter, neutrinos, Xray sources, astrophysical black holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs, binary systems, radiative transfer, accretion disks, quasars, gamma ray bursts, supernovas, alternative gravitational theories, perturbations of collapsed objects, analog models, black hole thermodynamics, numerical relativity, gravitational lensing, large scale structure, observational cosmology, early universe models and cosmic microwave background anisotropies, inhomogeneous cosmology, inflation, global structure, singularities, chaos, EinsteinMaxwell systems, wormholes, exact solutions of Einstein's equations, gravitational waves, gravitational wave detectors and data analysis, precision gravitational measurements, quantum gravity and loop quantum gravity, quantum cosmology, strings and branes, selfgravitating systems, gamma ray astronomy, cosmic rays and the history of general relativity.
General Relativity  Gravitation  Astrophysics  Quantum Gravity  Cosmology  Theoretical Physics  String Theory  Gravitational Wave  Gamma Ray Burst  Black Hole  Active Galactic Nuclei  Neutron Star  Pulsar  White Dwarf  Dark Matter  Neutrinos  Xray Sources  Binary Systems  Radiative Transfer  Accretion Disks  Supernova  Black Hole Thermodynamics  Numerical Relativity  Gravitational Lensing  Large Scale Structure  Observational Cosmology  Early Universe Models  Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies  Inhomogeneous Cosmology  Inflation  EinsteinMaxwell Systems  Wormholes  Exact Solutions of Einstein's Equations  Gravitational Wave Detectors and Data Analysis  Precision Gravitational Measurements  Loop Quantum Gravity  Quantum Cosmology  Cosmic Rays
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Molecular magnets show many properties not met in conventional metallic magnetic materials, i.e. low density, transparency to electromagnetic radiation, sensitivity to external stimuli such as light, pressure, temperature, chemical modification or magnetic/electric fields, and others. They can serve as “functional” materials in sensors of different types or be applied in highdensity magnetic storage or nanoscale devices. Research into moleculebased materials became more intense at the end of the 20th century and is now an important branch of modern science. The articles in this Special Issue, written by physicists and chemists, reflect the current work on molecular magnets being carried out in several research centers. Theoretical papers in the issue concern the influence of spin anisotropy in the low dimensional lattice of the resulting type of magnet, as well as thermodynamics and magnetic excitations in spin trimers. The impact of external pressure on structural and magnetic properties and its underlying mechanisms is described using the example of Prussian blue analogue data. The other functionality discussed is the magnetocaloric effect, investigated in coordination polymers and high spin clusters. In this issue, new molecular magnets are presented: (i) ferromagnetic highspin [Mn6] singlemolecule magnets, (ii) solvatomagnetic compounds changing their structure and magnetism dependent on water content, and (iii) a family of purely organic magnetic materials. Finally, an advanced calorimetric study of anisotropy in magnetic molecular superconductors is reviewed.
Heisenberg  S = 1/2 XXZ model  spin anisotropy  square lattice  chain  rectangular lattice  BerezinskiiKosterlitzThouless phase transition  phase diagram  quantum magnet  molecular magnets  magnetocaloric effect  octacyanometallates  critical behaviour  coordination polymers  manganese(III)  salicylamidoxime  molecular magnetism  singlemolecule magnets  radical anion  redox  magnetism  antiferromagnetic coupling  dioxothiadiazole  molecular magnetism  octacyanotungstate(V)  copper(II)  cyclam  cyano bridge  magnetic properties  ?d system  thermodynamic measurement  superconductivity  antiferromagnetism  single crystal heat capacity measurement  magnetic conductor  molecular magnets  spin clusters  Heisenberg exchange Hamiltonian  thermodynamics  inelastic neutron scattering  exact diagonalization  Prussian blue analogues  effect of high pressure  crystal structure  magnetic properties  superexchange interaction
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Emergent quantum mechanics explores the possibility of an ontology for quantum mechanics. The resurgence of interest in ""deeperlevel"" theories for quantum phenomena challenges the standard, textbook interpretation. The book presents expert views that critically evaluate the significance—for 21st century physics—of ontological quantum mechanics, an approach that David Bohm helped pioneer. The possibility of a deterministic quantum theory was first introduced with the original de BroglieBohm theory, which has also been developed as Bohmian mechanics. The wide range of perspectives that were contributed to this book on the occasion of David Bohm’s centennial celebration provide ample evidence for the physical consistency of ontological quantum mechanics. The book addresses deeperlevel questions such as the following: Is reality intrinsically random or fundamentally interconnected? Is the universe local or nonlocal? Might a radically new conception of reality include a form of quantum causality or quantum ontology? What is the role of the experimenter agent? As the book demonstrates, the advancement of ‘quantum ontology’—as a scientific concept—marks a clear break with classical reality. The search for quantum reality entails unconventional causal structures and nonclassical ontology, which can be fully consistent with the known record of quantum observations in the laboratory.
quantum foundations  nonlocality  retrocausality  Bell’s theorem  Bohmian mechanics  quantum theory  surrealistic trajectories  Bell inequality  quantum mechanics  generalized Lagrangian paths  covariant quantum gravity  emergent spacetime  Gaussianlike solutions  entropy and time evolution  resonances in quantum systems  the Friedrichs model  complex entropy.  Bell’s theorem  the causal arrow of time  retrocausality  superdeterminism  toymodels  quantum ontology  subquantum dynamics  microconstituents  emergent spacetime  emergent quantum gravity  entropic gravity  black hole thermodynamics  SternGerlach  trajectories  spin  Bell theorem  fractal geometry  padic metric  singular limit  gravity  conspiracy  free will  number theory  quantum potential  Feynman paths  weak values  Bohm theory  nohiddenvariables theorems  observables  measurement problem  Bohmian mechanics  primitive ontology  Retrocausation  weak values  Stochastic Electrodynamics  quantum mechanics  decoherence  interpretations  pilotwave theory  Bohmian mechanics  Born rule statistics  measurement problem  quantum thermodynamics  strong coupling  operator thermodynamic functions  quantum theory  de Broglie–Bohm theory  contextuality  atomsurface scattering  bohmian mechanics  matterwave optics  diffraction  vortical dynamics  Schrödinger equation  de Broglie–Bohm theory  nonequilibrium thermodynamics  zeropoint field  de Broglie–Bohm interpretation of quantum mechanics  pilot wave  interiorboundary condition  ultraviolet divergence  quantum field theory  Aharonov–Bohm effect  physical ontology  nomology  interpretation  gauge freedom  Canonical Presentation  relational space  relational interpretation of quantum mechanics  measurement problem  nonlocality  discrete calculus  iterant  commutator  diffusion constant  LeviCivita connection  curvature tensor  constraints  Kilmister equation  Bianchi identity  stochastic differential equations  Monte Carlo simulations  Burgers equation  Langevin equation  fractional velocity  interpretations of quantum mechanics  David Bohm  mind–body problem  quantum holism  fundamental irreversibility  spacetime fluctuations  spontaneous state reduction  Poincaré recurrence  symplectic camel  quantum mechanics  Hamiltonian  molecule interference  matterwaves  metrology  magnetic deflectometry  photochemistry  past of the photon  Mach–Zehnder interferometer  Dove prism  photon trajectory  weak measurement  transition probability amplitude  atomic metastable states  Bell’s theorem  Bohmian mechanics  nonlocality  many interacting worlds  wavefunction nodes  bouncing oil droplets  stochastic quantum dynamics  de Broglie–Bohm theory  quantum nonequilibrium  Htheorem  ergodicity  ontological quantum mechanics  objective nonsignaling constraint  quantum inaccessibility  epistemic agent  emergent quantum state  selfreferential dynamics  dynamical chaos  computational irreducibility  undecidable dynamics  Turing incomputability  quantum ontology  nonlocality  timesymmetry  retrocausality  quantum causality  conscious agent  emergent quantum mechanics  Bohmian mechanics  de BroglieBohm theory
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