The laws of classical thermodynamics and their application to ecology

When I had been a student, I have read with pleasure F. Wald's small book under the title "The Queen of the World and her Shadow". Energy and entropy were kept in mind. Now, when I understand these concepts deeper, I think that their positions should be interchanged. In the giant factory of natural processes the entropy law is a director who controls and manages all the business, while the energy conservation law is only an accountant who is keeping a balance between debit and credit.

Robert Emden, 1938.

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