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Entropy and Organization in Natural and Social Systems II

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Complexity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 1182

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Interests: mathematical fluid mechanics; non-linear partial differential equations; hydrodynamic stability; non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; fluid–structure interaction; experimental fluid mechanics; philosophy of science
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This Special Issue is devoted to themes of organization and emergence, which are inherent traits of any complex system out of equilibrium. Complexity and self-organization are observed across systems or scales, be they physical, biological, economic, or sociological, necessitating the quest for a fundamental unifying explanation that bridges the divide between living and non-living systems. The “immutable laws of thermodynamics”, as Sir Arthur Eddington put it, have proved to be robust and expansive in their explanatory power, as several articles in this very journal will indicate. The associated ideas of energy, entropy, equilibrium, complexity, etc., are now part of the lexicon of more than the natural sciences, permeating into other fields including economics, education, psychology, sociology, sustainability and political science, among others. The work of Nicolas Georgescu-Rogen in economics, Kenneth Bailey in sociology, Stephen Coleman in political science, Rudolf Arnheim in art and William Doll in education are some classic examples of the diffusion of thermodynamics beyond its birth home in physics. This Special Issue is focused on understanding the diverse ways in which we recognize, define and discuss structures, patterns and dynamics in different systems and their connection to thermodynamic principles by bringing together scholarship from different fields (natural and social sciences) to help foster an interdisciplinary dialogue. We invite contributions from researchers in any discipline working on topics related to these topics. Theoretical, experimental, field data driven, philosophical or even historical articles are welcome, provided they are relevant, novel and abide by the journal requirements. Since this Special Issue aims to bridge disciplinary divides, we ask that authors clearly define terms and the approaches taken in a manner comprehensible to scholars from other fields. All papers will undergo rigorous peer-review.

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  • entropy
  • organization
  • emergence
  • systems theory
  • steady state
  • pattern formation
  • social entropy
  • out of equilibrium

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14 pages, 1728 KiB  
Minimizing Entropy and Complexity in Creative Production from Emergent Pragmatics to Action Semantics
by Stephen Fox
Entropy 2024, 26(5), 364; https://doi.org/10.3390/e26050364 - 26 Apr 2024
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New insights into intractable industrial challenges can be revealed by framing them in terms of natural science. One intractable industrial challenge is that creative production can be much more financially expensive and time consuming than standardized production. Creative products include a wide range [...] Read more.
New insights into intractable industrial challenges can be revealed by framing them in terms of natural science. One intractable industrial challenge is that creative production can be much more financially expensive and time consuming than standardized production. Creative products include a wide range of goods that have one or more original characteristics. The scaling up of creative production is hindered by high financial production costs and long production durations. In this paper, creative production is framed in terms of interactions between entropy and complexity during progressions from emergent pragmatics to action semantics. An analysis of interactions between entropy and complexity is provided that relates established practice in creative production to organizational survival in changing environments. The analysis in this paper is related to assembly theory, which is a recent theoretical development in natural science that addresses how open-ended generation of complex physical objects can emerge from selection in biology. Parallels between assembly practice in industrial production and assembly theory in natural science are explained through constructs that are common to both, such as assembly index. Overall, analyses reported in the paper reveal that interactions between entropy and complexity underlie intractable challenges in creative production, from the production of individual products to the survival of companies. Full article
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