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
"The book is highly reccomendable to all scientists and young researchers interested in the new scientific paraditm of evolutionary thermodynamics." -E. Tiezzi, University of Sienna, in ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, VOL. 188, 2005 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
|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|
|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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Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.9 x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.69