On May 17, 2017, I presented the Theory of Constructal Information at the Constructal Law 2017 conference in Bucharest, Romania. Subsequently, the paper was selected for publication in the Proceedings of the Romanian Academy of Sciences, which is pending as of this writing. In order to make the theory publicly available in complete form as early as possible, I have published the text of the paper, as a Kindle book, renamed The Theory of Constructal Infonomics.
The term infonomics was adopted in the early 1990s to describe my work in the subject of how humans use and value information. In the current context, the term “humans” can be broadened to include all life forms. The theory shows how the Constructal Law, discovered by Professor Adrian Bejan of Duke University in 1996, provides the motivating force for the growth, evolution and reproduction of all life forms.
An upcoming article will lay out the rationale and operation of the theory in non-technical terms.
From the Amazon description:
For some 40 years of studying both physics and information, the connection between the two concepts has been intuitively obvious to me, but at the same time not provable as a working theory. With the discovery of the Constructal Law by Professor Adrian Bejan in 1996, the proof was at hand. In May, 2017 I presented a paper, The Constructal Theory of Infonomics at the Constructal Law Conference 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. The paper was subsequently selected for publication in the Proceedings of the Romanian Academy of Sciences. This e-book is a verbatim copy of the paper submitted to the conference. It is provided in this form for the convenience of those who wish to access it at low cost.
The Constructal Law describes the fundamental property of all energetic flow systems. Since all life forms are thermodynamically bound energetic flow systems, the CL defines the basic property that they must exhibit in order to survive, grow, evolve and reproduce.
In addition, all life forms are shown to be instances of the universal information machine described by Turing in the 1940s. The paper shows that the Turing Universal Machine is an instance of a wider range of such machines operating in different media, from mechanical to DNA life forms.
Combining the Constructal Law and the theory of information machines, this paper demonstrates the universal principle of all life forms, from DNA to human societies to machines. With this theory, one can evaluate and predict the path of evolution of any life form or combination thereof based on fundamental physics principles. In addition, the theory provides a physics basis for the development of hierarchies in life forms, the operational basis of sexual life forms and extended social life forms, including tribes, countries, religions, corporations, clubs and more. It also illuminates the co-evolutionary relationship of humans and their machines and shows the path to future evolution.
The appendix includes a brief description of a new method for evaluating information flows as energetic transfers, with application to all information systems from one-to-one to mass media.