Thermodynamics today | Prof. Adrian Bejan

In this paper I use the example set by Prof. Jan Szargut as point of reference for a brief look at the current state of thermodynamics—the doctrine, its reach and importance. I start with my first encounter with Prof. Jan Szargut in 1979, and I show how his work influenced mine. Next, I review the structure that underpins thermodynamics as a discipline: the laws and the self-standing phenomena that they underpin, and graphic methods that convey these principles. Along the way, I draw attention to a recent trend that is caused by the inflation in scientific publishing due to the internet: the most common mistakes and misconceptions in thermodynamics, and how they are being spread. In sum, this paper is a call to action, to value, improve and defend the science of thermodynamics. Read More

Helping to evolve our planetary abode to greater and better futures

The inspiration of this article was the discovery of the missing universal Constructal Law by Prof Adrian Bejan which grounds securely Prof McMurtry’s LVOA from which to anchor and steer his prescriptions. Interestingly, both the Primary Axiom of Life Value and the Constructal Law of Life can both be seen as different representations of the same unifying life principle…

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