Rottenness is All

  • John Maynard Smith


This is an ambitious book which suggests that a new picture of the nature of the universe is emerging from the study of thermodynamics, and that this picture will heal the breach between the scientific and the poetic view of man. Prigogine’s distinction as a scientist — he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1977 — requires that we take his views seriously, at least on the first of these claims. The major part of the book is devoted to explaining, in non-mathematical language, the new science that the authors see emerging, and to which Prigogine helped to give birth. The ideas are hard, but I think they succeed. There are places, particularly in their treatment of quantum theory, where readers without some previous knowledge may lose the thread; certainly I did. But anyone prepared to make a serious effort will get some insight into what is happening.


Nobel Prize Dissipative Structure Lukewarm Water Zhabotinsky Reaction Benard Cell 


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© John Maynard Smith 1988

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