Ecodynamics: The Prigogine Legacy

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C. A. Brebbia
WIT Press, 2011 - Nature - 341 pages
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This book contains a series of contributions on ecodynamics that apeared in limited editions before the emergence of the 'International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics', which has now become the primary focus for this area of research. It is dedicated to Ilya Prigogine, who dominated the world of ecosystems for many years, and opens with an extract from the autobiography he completed shortly before his death.
 

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Contents

Towards a thermodynamics of biological systems
1
Is entropy far from equilibrium a state function?
21
a prescription for adaptive evolution from ecological network theory
33
Ecosystems becoming
45
A common framework for emergy and exergy based LCA in accordance with environ theory
57
A nonthermodynamic constraint to trophic transfer efficiency based on network utility analysis
73
a reconciliation of H T Odum with Prigogine?
89
Sustaining our commonwealth of nature and knowledge
99
Cascading thresholds to heteroclinicity in an ecosystem model
185
social patterns and organization in urban systems
193
a critical review of applications of thermodynamic methods to urban systems
203
from strategies to cases generation of fractal grammar for reusing building elements
213
sustainable communities and cities in context
233
An exploration of the mathematics behind the ecological footprint
249
The ecocostsvalue ratio a tool to determine the longterm strategy of delinking economy and environmental ecology
257
Extreme events in nature a challenge for the understanding of complex dynamics
271

The character of earth history
109
Thermodynamics information and complexity in artificial and living systems
119
determination of interaction types between organisms in ecosystems
129
a transactional worldview
139
The origins of irreversibility
151
Reversibility in science and in engineering
157
The nature of spontaneitydriven processes
165
why do novelties emerge?
179
two different paradigms for the phenomenon of biological evolution
285
Monitoring of movement behaviors of chironomid larvae after exposure to diazinon using fractal dimension and selforganizing map
299
exploring and understanding variability in the lagoon of Venice
311
the BelousovZhabotinsky reaction in lipid membranes
321
With arsenic on the Etruscans footprints
331
Steps towards an evolutionary medicine
335
Author Index
341
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