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Beyond the Second Law

Entropy Production and Non-equilibrium Systems

  • Roderick C. Dewar
  • Charles H. Lineweaver
  • Robert K. Niven
  • Klaus Regenauer-Lieb
  • 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


Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roderick C. Dewar, Charles H. Lineweaver, Robert K. Niven, Klaus Regenauer-Lieb
      Pages 3-27
  3. Theoretical Perspectives on Entropy Production

  4. Applications to non-equilibrium systems

About this book


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.


Complex Systems Complexity Entropy Production Non-Equilibrium Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Roderick C. Dewar
    • 1
  • Charles H. Lineweaver
    • 2
  • Robert K. Niven
    • 3
  • Klaus Regenauer-Lieb
    • 4
  1. 1.Australian National University, Research School of BiologyCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Australian National University, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth SciencesCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.School of Engineering and Information TechnologyUniversity of New South Wales at ADFACanberraAustralia
  4. 4.School of Earth and EnvironmentUniversity of Western Australia, CSIRO Earth Science and Resource EngineeringCrawleyAustralia

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
  • Series Abbreviated Title Understanding Complex Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-40153-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-52108-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-40154-1
  • Series ISSN 1860-0832
  • Series E-ISSN 1860-0840
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 434
  • Number of Illustrations 80 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Complexity
    Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos Theory
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