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Book Title: Order Out of Chaos: Man's New Dialogue with Nature|
The size of the: 14.92 MB
Date of issue: March 1st 1984
The author of the book: Ilya Prigogine
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780553343632
Read full description of the books Order Out of Chaos: Man's New Dialogue with Nature:I came across this book when browsing the library shelves for a little project on Prigogine's Brusselator model related to nonlinear chemical reactions. The reward certainly exceeded my expectation. Prigogine has been an important figure in the study of dissipative structures and far from equilibrium systems, e.g. biological systems, and social systems etc.. When one consider the behavior of those complex systems, time can no longer be treated as (paradoxically) static as in classical dynamics. Irreversibility, and chance come into play, which in fact engender natural orders. He started off with an expedition of scientific and philosophic history of classical world views on the permanence of natural laws, and how it emerges in the context of social/cultural influences and human desires. Natural sciences, in the classical world, initiated as a form of dialogue between men and nature, only returns with the answer that there is no dialogue at all since the natural laws are immutable and autonomous. Progogine advocated that we should put time back in the story.
Later part of the book discussed the meaning of irreversibility in a bit more formal and scientific terms. The philosophical struggle gets projected into a scientific struggle to reconcile dynamics (micro) and thermodynamics (macro), the interaction between which has fascinated me for as long as I have been interested in complex systems. First you have this macro-phenomenon of the ever-increasing entropy, but for long the irreversibility was nowhere to be found in the micro-dynamics. But finally people realized the important role of initial conditions in what is actually observable in nature, assuming the dynamic laws are invariant. It turns out that processes that contracts the distribution of initial conditions requires long pre-interaction correlation, which takes infinite amount of information to achieve - this infinite entropy barrier prevents the reversal of the arrow of time. At some point, Prigogine made it sound like 'oh well, this irreversibility thing isn't really a macro-privilege. We can use micro-level dynamics alone to describe it as well!" However, one can't help but notice that the distributional view of initial conditions and the concept of information used in the micro-level description already takes macro as a priori.
Prigogine had somehow blamed the static view of the universe way back on the ancient Greeks - those guys only cared about being/eternity, now we, the new generation of scientists gotta talk about becoming. I found it somewhat funny when one Platonic dialogue (Parmenides) really pointed out the one cannot *be* without being in time, where being in time entails becoming.
Read information about the authorIlya, Viscount Prigogine (Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин, Ilya Romanovich Prigozhin) was a Russian-born naturalized Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.
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