Special Issue "Entropy, Time and Evolution"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017).
2. Ural Federal University, Mira str.19, 620002 Ekaterinburg, Russia
Interests: fundamental problems of nature (irreversibility, asymmetry and scale of time, evolution, etc.); non-equilibrium thermodynamics; the second law of thermodynamics and entropy; maximum entropy production in physics, chemistry, and biology; growth processes in nature (experiment, theory, and simulation); morphological stability (crystal growth and fluid flow); pattern formation (dendrites, viscous fingers, etc.)
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Special Issue in Entropy: Evolution and Thermodynamics
We, and the world around us, constantly develop and evolve. The Universe and stars as well as societies and living beings pass through sequential stages from birth to maturity and death. This is a continuous process: one is replaced with the other. The one that has appeared repeats the old in some way, while being new in the other. We, and the world around us, develop directionally and irreversibly. From long ago, humanity has used time to describe this movement and, specifically, its directionality and duration. The greatest minds of the past were interested in this concept and studied it: St. Augustine, Newton, Kant, Bergson, Einstein, et al. However, time—one of the most complex and controversial concepts used by people—is still not fully defined and understood.
Entropy, another concept, appeared more than 150 years ago in thermodynamics and then penetrated and developed in other branches of science. This quantity is used to study the evolution of various objects by representatives of numerous sciences: physics, chemistry, biology, linguistics and economics, among others. There are a number of important statements formulated for this quantity in science. Most notably, these are the second law of thermodynamics and the principles of minimum and maximum entropy production. Entropy is considered to be a measure of irreversibility, directionality of a process, and it is similar to time in this respect. However, despite being difficult to introduce and measure for some systems, entropy is simpler than the concept of time.
The following questions arise in this regard: (1) Can time be understood and defined through entropy (or maybe vice versa)? (2) To what extent are these concepts related? (3) Can such a relation be used to understand the existing mysteries and regularities of the evolution of the surrounding world, and us therein? Authors of articles for this Special Issue are invited to answer these and related questions.
Prof. Dr. Leonid M. Martyushev
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- Time in natural sciences
- Temporal asymmetries
- Entropy, entropy production
- Second law of thermodynamics
- Maximum and minimum entropy production
- Evolution of the universe, star, planet system, climate, etc.
- Evolution of ecological systems, biological objects, etc.