In a recent paper published in the prestigious “Energy”, Bejan presents his view on Thermodynamics and Science itself.
“Science is like a civilized territory that improves, prospers and expands because it makes life better for the people who belong to it. It expands as long as it keeps producing useful things, which attract people. The civilized welcome the newcomers, the nobodies, provided that they obey the laws, the discipline. People join because their lives become better that way.”
“To fight the barbarians who pillage on the perimeter is a necessary and unpleasant effort, a nuisance, not the objective. As the defeated barbarians are assimilated and civilized, the civilized territory expands and, as a result, life, peace, movement and freedom flourish. The civilized territory that does not fight the pillagers is destined to disappear along with the good way of life that it was sustaining.”
“Thermodynamics, like all the useful artifacts (e.g., science) produced by the civilized, is no different.”
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544218313896?via%3Dihub (open access for one month)