Beyond the Second Law

Entropy Production and Non-equilibrium Systems

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

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Yosuke Fukumura, Hisashi Ozawa
      Pages 225-239
    3. Jingfeng Wang, Veronica Nieves, Rafael L. Bras
      Pages 309-322
    4. Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, Ali Karrech, Hui Tong Chua, Thomas Poulet, Manolis Veveakis, Florian Wellmann et al.
      Pages 323-335
    5. Joseph J. Vallino, Christopher K. Algar, Nuria Fernández González, Julie A. Huber
      Pages 337-359
    6. Andrej Dobovišek, Paško Županović, Milan Brumen, Davor Juretić
      Pages 361-382
    7. Peter K. Haff
      Pages 397-414
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 429-434

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

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-40153-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-40154-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-0832
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0840
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