Understanding Complex Systems

Beyond the Second Law

Entropy Production and Non-equilibrium Systems

Editors: Dewar, R.C., Lineweaver, C.H., Niven, R.K., Regenauer-Lieb, K. (Eds.)

  • An up-to-date, coherent and balanced account of the study of entropy production in non-equilibrium systems
  • With particular emphasis on the theoretical basis of MaxEP, its relation to other non-equilibrium principles such as Minimum Entropy Production and the Fluctuation Theorem, and its many applications to diverse fields that include cosmology, Earth system science, climatology, fluid mechanics, biological function and evolution
  • Written by world-leading experts from diverse disciplines
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The Second Law, a cornerstone of thermodynamics, governs the average direction of dissipative, non-equilibrium processes. But it says nothing about their actual rates or the probability of fluctuations about the average. This interdisciplinary book, written and peer-reviewed by international experts, presents recent advances in the search for new non-equilibrium principles beyond the Second Law, and their applications to a wide range of systems across physics, chemistry and biology. Beyond The Second Law brings together traditionally isolated areas of non-equilibrium research and highlights potentially fruitful connections between them, with entropy production playing the unifying role. Key theoretical concepts include the Maximum Entropy Production principle, the Fluctuation Theorem, and the Maximum Entropy method of statistical inference. Applications of these principles are illustrated in such diverse fields as climatology, cosmology, crystal growth morphology, Earth system science, environmental physics, evolutionary biology and technology, fluid turbulence, microbial biogeochemistry, plasma physics, and radiative transport, using a wide variety of analytical and experimental techniques. Beyond The Second Law will appeal to students and researchers wishing to gain an understanding of entropy production and its central place in the science of non-equilibrium systems – both in detail and in terms of the bigger picture.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Beyond the Second Law: An Overview

    Dewar, Roderick C. (et al.)

    Pages 3-27

  • The Dissipation Function: Its Relationship to Entropy Production, Theorems for Nonequilibrium Systems and Observations on Its Extrema

    Reid, James C. (et al.)

    Pages 31-47

  • A Theoretical Basis for Maximum Entropy Production

    Dewar, Roderick C. (et al.)

    Pages 49-71

  • Dissipation Rate Functions, Pseudopotentials, Potentials and Yield Surfaces

    Houlsby, Guy T.

    Pages 73-95

  • Fluctuations, Trajectory Entropy and Ziegler’s Maximum Entropy Production Principle

    Seleznev, Vladimir D. (et al.)

    Pages 97-112

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Hardcover $179.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Beyond the Second Law
Book Subtitle
Entropy Production and Non-equilibrium Systems
Editors
  • Roderick C. Dewar
  • Charles H. Lineweaver
  • Robert K. Niven
  • Klaus Regenauer-Lieb
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-40154-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-40154-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-40153-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-52108-3
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 434
Number of Illustrations and Tables
80 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
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