Special Issue "Entropy and the Economy"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2016).
Interests: superconductivity, semiconductors; energy-, emission-, and cost optimization, energy, entropy, and economic growth
Mainstream economic theory deals essentially with the behavior of economic actors on markets. The productive physical basis of industrial economies, where energy conversion and entropy production determine the production of goods and services, is of little, if any, concern. Thus, the first and the second law of thermodynamics, which have guided the economic evolution of industrial countries since the Industrial Revolution, hardly play any role in standard economics. (Georgescu-Roegen, though, a renowned economist, had emphasized the importance of the entropy law for the economic process. However, his claim to have discovered a fourth law of thermodynamics had created some confusion). Given the fact that entropy production is inevitably coupled to energy conversion and that energy conversion is essential for industrial production and economic growth, the Special Issue "Entropy and the Economy" invites heterodox economists, engineers, and natural scientists to submit papers on topics like the ones on the following non-exclusive list: How entropy production destroys exergy; the measurement of energy quantity (enthalpy) and quality (exergy/enthalpy) from fossil fuels, nuclear fission and fusion, and renewables; exergy requirements for refining raw materials and exploiting energy resources; entropy production and the emissions of particles and heat in industrial processes; life-cycle analysis of specific emissions from energy-converting facilities; emissions, human health, and the stability of the environment, economic losses from climate change; entropy production, technical progress, and limits to growth; mitigating entropy production by technical and social constraints; energy and economic growth: beyond the limits of Earth?
Prof. Dr. Reiner Kümmel
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- entropy production
- energy conversion
- industrial production
- economic growth