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Information, Entropy, and Progress : A New Evolutionary Paradigm - Robert U. Ayres

Information, Entropy, and Progress

A New Evolutionary Paradigm

Hardcover Published: 8th May 1997
ISBN: 9780883189115
Number Of Pages: 301

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This text presents a challenging look at evolution on several scales, from the earth and its geology and chemistry, to living organisms, to social and economic systems, the manufacturing process, and the labour structure. Applying the principles of thermodynamics and the concepts of information gathering and self-organization, the author characterizes the direction of evolution in each case as an accumulation of "distinguishability" information - a type of universal knowledge. The book concludes with some speculations on the development of socio-economic systems and technological progress. Readers in many branches of science and economics, especially thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, cybernetics, information theory, resource use, and evolutionary economic behaviour and organization should find this book interesting.

Introduction: Evolution as Accumulation of Useful Information
Concepts, Definitions, and Analogiesp. 1
Information and Thermodynamicsp. 27
Physical Evolution: From the Universe to the Earthp. 51
Geological and Biochemical Evolutionp. 73
Biological Evolutionp. 101
Evolution in Human Social Systemsp. 124
Evolution in Economic Systemsp. 151
The Economy as a Self-Organizing Information-Processing Systemp. 186
Information Added by Materials Processingp. 215
Morphological Informationp. 225
Labor as an Information Processp. 249
Evolution, Economics, and Environmental Imperativesp. 273
Afterwordp. 293
Indexp. 296
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ISBN: 9780883189115
ISBN-10: 0883189119
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 8th May 1997
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59