An intimate discussion with Prof. Adrian Bejan, about Design in Nature and the Constructal Law, beautifuly illustrated with pictures, hand drawings, and videos.
In this online article, Peder Zane, co-author of the book “Design in Nature“, discusses the origin of the concept of “classic books”, and how it emerges as a flow architecture.
The constructal law shows that lists of great or classic books are hierarchical designs that arise naturally to organize the swelling flow of literature.
Professor Bejan explain in this article from Mechanical Engineering, why every snowflake is not unique about its principle, the constructal law.
Every snowflake conforms to only one architecture: a flat star with six fishbones connected at the center.
What’s more, that structure is predictable provided that we recognize the underlying principle: first, that something flows, in this case heat, and, second, that the natural tendency of all flows is to evolve
into architectures that provide easier access.
It’s another example of the constructal law.
Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, describes his research into the constructal law of physics that he described in 1996 and how it applies to evolution in a talk given to prospective undergraduate students.
- Duke Engineering TALKS: Adrian Bejan, Design in Nature: Evolution & Technology, YouTube video
The paper, “The evolution of airplanes,”created a media stir earlier this year when it was published online by the Journal of Applied Physics. The authors contend that the similarities seen across aircraft designs are a manifestation of the same law that drives the evolution of biological creatures and terrain features like river basins.
Lead author Adrian Bejanof Duke University describes the methodology behind the paper and the predictive value of the constructal law, the theory he developed 19 years ago to explain the “oneness” he sees in the evolution of living and non-living systems.
18-19 May 2015 Parma, Italy
Early registration: 15 November 2014
The Constructal Law governs the phenomena of design and evolution in nature. The conference explores the unifying power of the Constructal Law and its applications in all the domains of design generation and evolution, from biology and geophysics to social organization, energy sustainability and security.
The conference also covers the Second Law, and how the Constructal Law fits in thermodynamics. The Constructal Law and the Second Law are self-standing as first principles. Together, they empower science much more than the Second Law alone.