Evolving Complexity

Time's Arrows and the Physics of Emergence 

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Harrison Crecraft

Evolving Complexity: 

Time's Arrows and the Physics of Emergence 


  • Introduction

Part I. The World According to Physics

  • The Two Arrows of Irreversible Time
  • Time in Mechanics

Part II. How We Got Here: A Brief History of Physics

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • The World According to Physics

Part III. Bridging the Abyss

  • Dissipative Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics and Mechanics as Special Cases
  • Restoring Physical Definiteness
  • Causality and Locality
  • Entropy, Dissipation and Emergence
  • The World According to Dissipative Dynamics

Part IV. The Physics of Evolution

  • Dissipative Processes
  • In Search of a 4th Law
  • Dissipative Networks
  • Toward a Law of Evolution

Part V. Evolving Complexity 

  • Whirlpools
  • Oscillations and Synchrony
  • Origin of Cooperation
  • Ecological Succession
  • Models, Theories and Reality