Archive | June 2015

Draft: The Emergent Universe and Superconductivity

An Emergent Universe

New states can arise from far from equilibrium, possessing an extraordinary degree of order, whereby trillions of molecules coordinate their actions in space and time.  Prigogine coined the term “dissipative structures” to describe them, since they result from the exchange of matter and energy between system and environment, together with the production of entropy (dissipation) by the system.  

The complex and mutually dependent processes leading to the formation of structures, collectively called “self organisation”…in such a universe, irreversible non-equilibrium thermodynamics allows for the possibility of self organisation leading to structures ranging from planets and galaxies to cells and organisations.  R Highfield and P Coveney 2015.

According to Masser (2006), it would be appropriate to represent the Big Bang not as a single event, but as an on-going process of gradual formation out of chaos.  In other words the evolution of the universe is a continuous self-organisation process that has led to its currently observed structure with a host of galaxies, galaxy clusters and planetary systems.

One indication of such emergence could be seen through patterns known to be generated by self organisation. Read More…

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