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1. General Term: Classical Thermodynamics
Classical Thermodynamics A branch of physics developed in the nineteenth century that deals with the study of heat, and thus with the collision and interaction of particles in large, near-equilibrium systems. In the 19th century,
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2. Physics Topic: Thermodynamics, Chaos, and Complexity
said to be irreversible, thermodynamics seemed to point to an "arrow of time" contrary to classical mechanics , for which all phenomena are reversible in time. By the end of the nineteenth century, it had been shown that classical
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3. Divine Action Topic: Peacocke, Arthur. “Chance and Law in Irreversible ...
then turns to irreversible thermodynamics and theoretical biology. Thermodynamics is “the science of the possible” which prescribes how nature can behave. Classical thermodynamics , with its focus on systems in equilibrium, centers on
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4. General Term: Classical Mechanics
This view, rooted in classical physics, was carried over and applied to all macroscopic systems in nature, including those described by thermodynamics, geology, meteorology, evolutionary biology , and even those now studied using
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5. General Term: Non-Linear, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Non-Linear , Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics A branch of physics developed in the latter half of the twentieth century that deals with systems of particles that are far from the near-equilibrium conditions studied in classical thermodynamics and
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6. Physics Topic: Quantum Physics
fundamental break with classical physics after general relativity came gradually over a thirty year period (1900-1930) with the development of quantum mechanics by dozens of physicists including Planck , Einstein , Bohr , Schrödinger,
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7. Physics Topic: Physics and Cosmology in the 20th Century
to cosmology. Meanwhile, classical thermodynamics , developed in the 19th century, led to non-linear , non-equilibrium thermodynamics and its application to systems showing the spontaneous emergence of order from chaos (1960's - present).
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