Seminar - Life and Evolution, as Physics by Prof. Adrian Bejan
Date: 14 October 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Y302, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
In this lecture I draw attention to the theoretical work that places the phenomenon of evolution and life in physics, the biological and the geophysical realms together. I 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. I focus on us. We are evolving as the “human & machine species.” This evolution is visible and recorded in our lifetime. I 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 Bejan received all his degrees from M.I.T.: B.S. (1971, Honors Course), M.S. (1972, Honors Course) and Ph.D. (1975). He was a Fellow in the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley (1976-1978). At Duke University, he is the J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor. His research is in applied physics, thermodynamics and the Constructal Law as the law of physics that governs organization and evolution in nature.
Professor Bejan is the author of 28 books and over 600 peer-refereed journal articles. His h index is 55 on the Web of Science. In 2001 he was ranked among the 100 most-cited authors in Engineering worldwide. He received numerous international awards for thermal sciences, and is a member of the Academy of Europe. He was awarded 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries.