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J. Chaisson Fig. 3. The temporal behavior of both matter energy density (ρc 2 ) and radiation energy density (aT 4 ) illustrates perhaps the greatest change in all of history. Here, ρ is the matter density, c the speed of light, a the radiation constant, and T the temperature. Where the two curves intersect, neutral atoms began to form. By some 105 years, the Universe had changed greatly as thermal equilibrium and particle symmetry had broken, and the Radiation Era transformed into the Matter Era.

10) discuss entropy production associated with the oceanic circulation. They demonstrate the existence of multiple steady states with an oceanic GCM and then show that perturbations of these states generally lead to higher rates of entropy production. Hideaki Miyamoto, Victor Baker, and Ralph Lorenz give an overview of the application of thermodynamics to the formation of river networks and emerging scaling laws in chapter 11. In the last chapter of the second part (Chap. 12), Ralph Lorenz discusses the extension of thermodynamics and MEP to phenomena in the solar system and other planets.

Its author, Garth Paltridge, has been central to the development of the MEP principle and how it relates to atmospheric heat transport. Chap. 4 by Roderick Dewar reviews the information-theory based formulation of statistical mechanics as promoted by Jaynes. As a central piece of Dewar’s chapter, it is shown how the MEP principle can be derived from information theory, how it connects to macroscopic reproducibility, and how the frequently observed phenomenon of self-organized criticality (SOC) of natural and human systems can also be derived from this perspective.

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