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Mother Nature's Two Laws, Ringmasters For Circus Earth

Lessons on Entropy, Energy, Critical Thinking, and the Practice of Science

Mother Nature's Two Laws, Ringmasters For Circus Earth by A D Kirwan
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Every day brings a fresh barrage of bewildering claims about science and technology. How non-scientists tell the difference between the hyperbole and those developments that are important? With a modest amount of critical thinking, an understanding of how science is practiced, and a qualitative understanding of the two most sacred principles in science - the first and second laws of thermodynamics - anyone can make the distinction. Critical thinking and the practice of science are not emphasized in undergraduate science courses for non-scientists, while exposure to the first and second laws is usually reserved for physical science and engineering majors. This book introduces non-scientists to these topics and provides detailed applications to a variety of topics.

Contents: Mother Nature's Two Laws: What Are They and Why Must We Heed Them?; The Faces of Energy; The Faces of Entropy; The Scientific Protocol and Critical Thinking; E4: Energy, Entropy, Economics, Environment; Global Warming?; Circus Earth Follies, Critical Thinking, and the Scientific Protocol.

Readership: General.

World Scientific Publishing Company; January 2000
201 pages; ISBN 9789814493017
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Title: Mother Nature's Two Laws, Ringmasters For Circus Earth
Author: A D Kirwan