Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
31Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
The End of Certainty Prigogine

The End of Certainty Prigogine

Ratings:

3.0

(2)
|Views: 3,114 |Likes:
Published by Sally Morem
This book review of Prigogine's book deals with his work on chaos and complexity theory, time, entropy, and a freely evolving universe. It lies close to the core of my belief in the universe as a Grassroots Creation.
This book review of Prigogine's book deals with his work on chaos and complexity theory, time, entropy, and a freely evolving universe. It lies close to the core of my belief in the universe as a Grassroots Creation.

More info:

Categories:Types, Research, Science
Published by: Sally Morem on Jul 15, 2008
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

12/22/2013

pdf

text

original

 
The End of Certainty:
Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature
Written by Ilya Prigogine
(New York: The Free Press, 1997, 228 pages)
 Reviewed by Sally Morem
In his latest book, Nobel laureate Ilya Prigogine examines time’sconstructive role in the evolution of matter, of life, and of humanculture.Prigogine’s study of chaos and self-organizing systems is a sustainedeffort to overthrow the stranglehold that the concept of determinism hashad over Western science, philosophy, and theology since the era of thepre-Socratic Greeks. He asks, “Is the future given or is it underperpetual construction?” As a lapsed Presbyterian, I can sympathizewith his struggle with this scientific version of Calvinisticpredestination.The problem, simply stated, is as follows: If nothing is determined, howcan lawful chains of cause and effect occur, but if everything isdetermined, what then of free will and creativity?To get at this conundrum, Prigogine enlists the aid of an unlikely ally— entropy. Entropy plays a very different role in Prigogine’s universethan in the well-noted Second Law of Thermodynamics. To Prigogine,entropy is the arrow of time that brings order and life to the universe,not a sentence of heat death. Our evolutionary universe changes everymoment, each state built upon what preceded it. Cause and effect areleft intact in this indeterministic universe; chance leaves the systemopen at every fork in the path of change to truly novel systems andstructures.

Activity (31)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
acoxito liked this
kyogai liked this
mijedomar25 liked this
Loreto Maturana liked this
irika liked this
Loreto Maturana liked this
omaraje liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->