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Life and Evolution, as Physics

27th April 2016, 19:45 to 20:00, Great hall, Durham Castle

Castle Lecture Series 2015/16
Professor Adrian Bejan J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University.
In this lecture Prof Bejan draws attention to the theoretical work that places the phenomenon of evolution and life in physics, the biological and the geophysical realms together. He show that all evolutionary forms of flow organization are in accord with and can be predicted by the physics law that governs evolution in nature: the constructal law. He focuses on us. We are evolving as the “human & machine species.”

This evolution is visible and recorded in our lifetime. He will illustrate it with the evolution of commercial aircraft, the cooling of electronics, and modern athletics, a special laboratory for witnessing the evolution of animal locomotion. Physics explains and predicts life and evolution.

Adrian’s research covers a wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of organization and evolution in nature. He is ranked since 2001 among the 100 most highly cited authors worldwide in engineering (all fields, all countries), the Institute for Scientific Information and has received 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries. Adrian Bejan is the author of 28 books and over 600 peer-referred articles.

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