Professor Adrian Bejan is occupied in the studies of problems of energy, mechanical engineering and thermodynamics at Duke University. Bejan is known for his innovative approach to the understanding the process of evolution from the perspective of physics. When we think of physics we recollect the theory of relativity by Einstein, Newton's law of gravitation, laws of electrolysis and other theories related to physical phenomena. However, Bejan adds that physics is everything else.
According to the Constructal Law, nature is seen as a complex of systems that evolve to flow. Physics is also about everything that changes and moves. There are lots of things around that move, for instance, a river, animals or even the process of making a fire. The moving process implicates changes with minimum mistakes and maximum improvements – on this condition the natural phenomena, the tools, the humans are at the stage of evolving. Greeks defined physics as the knowledge of nature. As to the Latin definition physics is everything that happens around, in other words, functions, moves, flows, grows, develops, etc. This led Bejan to give a broader definition of physics. He says that physics is life and evolution. Nature is the life that flows and acquires new advanced forms and shapes. As Bejan explains, all things, for example, technologies, homes, machines, are natural and interconnected systems. It can be illustrated by monkeys that use tools to reach something. This process includes the understanding – intelligence – of what and how to do; deciding on the tool to aid and particular social organisation as well. This is a chain the links of which cannot be omitted.
Adrian Bejan has released a book The Physics of Life in which he tries to figure out the roots of the evolution. He explores the most hidden properties of animate and inanimate things by inquiring about the reasons and conditions that make them what they are. He can ask about the life length, food, energy, properties, time, and the surroundings – everything that is connected with their development or, to say precisely, evolution.
Bejan urges to understand the evolution in a broader sense. He tries to prove that the world systems, as well as cultural, social or political development, are the processes of natural evolution. His unique trick to help people understand the meaning of evolution is the usage of the language of physics to explain how these systems function. New understanding of evolution is a breakthrough in contemporary science that overlooks more innovative solutions and concepts.
Professor Adrian Bejan is occupied in the studies of problems of energy, mechanical engineering and thermodynamics at Duke University. Bejan is known for his innovative approach to the understanding the process of evolution from the perspective of physics.