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“And yet, and yet—to deny the succession of time, to deny the self, to deny the universe, are measures of outward despair and inner consolation. Our lot... is not terrible because it is unreal; it is terrible because it is irreversible... Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river that bears me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that ravages me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. The world, alas, is real.”

—Jorge Luis Borges, Borges and I


Table of Contents:



Introduction: Trouble at the EPA

Part I: The Energetic

1       The Schrödinger Paradox

2       Simplicity

3       Eyes of Fire: Classical Energy Science

4       The Cosmic Casino: Statistical Mechanics

5       Nature Abhors a Gradient

6       The River Must Flow: Open Systems

7       Too Much, Not Enough: Cycles

Part II: The Complex

8       Swirl World

9       Physics' Own "Organisms"

10       Whirlpools and Weather

Part III: The Living

11       Thermodynamics and Life

12       Brimstone Beginnings

13       Blue Planet Blues

14       Regress under Stress

15       The Secret of Trees

16       Into the Cool

17       Trends in Evolution

Part IV: The Human

18       Health, Vigor, and Longevity

19       Economics

20       Purpose in Life


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