Statistical Physics of Evolving Systems

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dc.identifier.citation Annila , A 2021 , ' Statistical Physics of Evolving Systems ' , Entropy , vol. 23 , no. 12 , 1590 .
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dc.description.abstract Evolution is customarily perceived as a biological process. However, when formulated in terms of physics, evolution is understood to entail everything. Based on the axiom of everything comprising quanta of actions (e.g., quanta of light), statistical physics describes any system evolving toward thermodynamic balance with its surroundings systems. Fluxes of quanta naturally select those processes leveling out differences in energy as soon as possible. This least-time maxim results in ubiquitous patterns (i.e., power laws, approximating sigmoidal cumulative curves of skewed distributions, oscillations, and even the regularity of chaos). While the equation of evolution can be written exactly, it cannot be solved exactly. Variables are inseparable since motions consume driving forces that affect motions (and so on). Thus, evolution is inherently a non-deterministic process. Yet, the future is not all arbitrary but teleological, the final cause being the least-time free energy consumption itself. Eventually, trajectories are computable when the system has evolved into a state of balance where free energy is used up altogether. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject dissipative systems
dc.subject evolution
dc.subject free energy
dc.subject natural selection
dc.subject power laws
dc.subject quantum of action
dc.subject MODEL
dc.subject LAWS
dc.subject 114 Physical sciences
dc.title Statistical Physics of Evolving Systems en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Institute of Biotechnology
dc.contributor.organization Department of Physics
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.issn 1099-4300
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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