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Natural thermodynamics


  • Annila, Arto


The principle of increasing entropy is derived from statistical physics of open systems assuming that quanta of actions, as undividable basic build blocks, embody everything. According to this tenet, all systems evolve from one state to another either by acquiring quanta from their surroundings or by discarding quanta to the surroundings in order to attain energetic balance in least time. These natural processes result in ubiquitous scale-free patterns: skewed distributions that accumulate in a sigmoid manner and hence span log–log scales mostly as straight lines. Moreover, the equation for least-time motions reveals that evolution is by nature a non-deterministic process. Although the obtained insight in thermodynamics from the notion of quanta in motion yields nothing new, it accentuates that contemporary comprehension is impaired when modeling evolution as a computable process by imposing conservation of energy and thereby ignoring that quantum of actions are the carriers of energy from the system to its surroundings.

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  • Annila, Arto, 2016. "Natural thermodynamics," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 444(C), pages 843-852.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:444:y:2016:i:c:p:843-852
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2015.10.105

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    1. Sharma, Vivek & Kaila, Ville R.I. & Annila, Arto, 2009. "Protein folding as an evolutionary process," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 388(6), pages 851-862.
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