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Towards a Thermodynamic Theory for Ecological Systems - Yu M. Svirezhev

Towards a Thermodynamic Theory for Ecological Systems

Hardcover Published: 6th July 2004
ISBN: 9780080441665
Number Of Pages: 380

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5 7/8 X 8 7/8 in Preface.
1. Thermodynamics as a method: A problem o f statistical description.
1.1 Literary introducti on. 1.2 Ontic openness. 1.3 The scope of this volume.
<STRO NG>2. The laws of classical thermodynamics and their application to ecol ogy.
2.1 Introduction. 2.2 Matter and energy in me chanics and thermodynamics. Energy conservation as the first law of ther modynamics. Fundamental Gibbs Equation. 2.3 Entropy and the second law o f thermodynamics: Nernst's theorem. 2.4 Maximal work which the system ca n perform on its environment. Characteristic functions or thermodynamic potentials. 2.5 Chemical equilibrium, chemical affinity and standard ene rgies of biochemical reactions. Function of dissipation. 2.6 Illustratio ns of thermodynamics in ecology. 2.7 Ecosystem as a biochemical reactor. 2.8 Summary of the important ecological issues.
3. Second and third law of thermodynamics in open systems.
3.1 Open systems and their energy balance. 3.2 The second law of thermodynamics interpreted for open systems. 3.3 Prigogine's theorem an

it was a pleasure to read it and appreciate new concepts and ideas. ...that publishing houses are giving enough space to bringing multidisciplinary areas to the attention of readers, excellent example being the book reviewed. JOURNAL OF THERMAL ANALYSIS AND CALORIMETRY, 2005 E. Tiezzi The post-scriptum is an excellent summary of the laws of the ecosystem theory. The book is highly recommendable to all scientists and young researchers interested in the new scientific paradigm of evolutionary thermodynamics. Ecological Modelling, 2005

Thermodynamics as a method: A problem of statistical description
The laws of classical thermodynamics and their application to ecology
Second and third law of thermodynamics in open systems
Entropy, probability and information
Work, exergy and information
Stability in mathematics, thermodynamics and ecology
Models of ecosystems: Thermodynamic basis and methods
Trophic chains
Models of ecosystems: Thermodynamics basis and methods
Competition and trophic level
Thermodynamics of ecological networks
Thermodynamics of vegetation
Thermodynamics of the biosphere
Teleology and extreme principles
A tentative fourth law of thermodynamics
Application of exergy as ecological indicator and goal function in ecological modelling
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ISBN: 9780080441665
ISBN-10: 0080441661
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.9  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.85