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1. 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
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2. Divine Action Topic: Peacocke, Arthur. “Chance and Law in Irreversible ...
the extension of classical thermodynamics, first to linear, and then to non-linear , irreversible processes involved in what are called dissipative structures . According to Prigogine, if fluctuations in these non-linear,
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3. General Term: Classical Thermodynamics
most physicists reduce thermodynamics to dynamics, thus explaining (away) time’s (thermodynamic) arrow, Prigogine and others insist it should be the converse. In any case, non-linear, non-equilibrium thermodynamics points to at least
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4. Physics Topic: Thermodynamics, Chaos, and Complexity
Thermodynamics, Chaos, and Complexity Classical thermodynamics is characterized by two laws: first, the conservation of energy and secondly, the non-decrease of entropy in closed systems isolated from their environment. Examples
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5. Physics Topic: Physics and Cosmology in the 20th Century
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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