3 Stumbling into the MEP Racket: An Historical Perspective

  • Garth W. Paltridge
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


An historical tale is told of the author’s involvement with research on the possible application of a principle of maximum entropy production to simulation of the Earth’s climate system. The tale discusses a number of reasons why the principle took so long – and indeed is still taking so long – to become generally acceptable and reasonably respectable.


Entropy Production Extremum Principle Turbulent Medium Latitude Zone Potential Steady State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garth W. Paltridge
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  1. 1.IASOS, University of Tasmania, GPO Box 252-77, Hobart, TasmaniaAustralia

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