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ERIC Number: EJ794607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Sustaining Action and Optimizing Entropy: Coupling Efficiency for Energy and the Sustainability of Global Ecosystems
Rose, Michael T.; Crossan, Angus N.; Kennedy, Ivan R.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v28 n3 p260-272 2008
Consideration of the property of action is proposed to provide a more meaningful definition of efficient energy use and sustainable production in ecosystems. Action has physical dimensions similar to angular momentum, its magnitude varying with mass, spatial configuration and relative motion. In this article, the relationship of action to thermodynamic processes such as the spontaneous increase in entropy of the second law is explained and the utility of action for measuring changes in energy and material distribution is promoted. In particular, the view that increases in entropy and action are equivalent to disorder is challenged. Given that the development of action states may be assigned an economic value and the various sources of free energy assigned a price, action theory may provide a novel mechanism for the economic allocation of resources. The importance of the diversity and redundancy of energy resources and work processes to optimize action is highlighted. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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