Freedom and evolution: Hierarchy in nature, society and science


The book begins with familiar designs found all around and inside us (such as the 'trees' of river basins, human lungs, blood and city traffic). It then shows how all flow systems are driven by power from natural engines everywhere, and how they are endlessly shaped because of freedom. Finally, Professor Bejan explains how people, like everything else that moves on earth, are driven by power derived from our "engines" that consume fuel and food, and that our movement dissipates the power completely and changes constantly for greater access, economies of scale, efficiency, innovation and life. Written for wide audiences of all ages, including readers interested in science, patterns in nature, similarity and non-uniformity, history and the future, and those just interested in having fun with ideas, the book shows how many "design change" concepts acquire a solid scientific footing and how they exist with the evolution of nature, society, technology and science.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bejan, A

Published Date

  • December 6, 2019

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 151

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783030340087

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-030-34009-4

Citation Source

  • Scopus