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This RePEc Biblio topic is edited by Yuri Maksimenko . It was first published on 2013-03-24 09:13:36 and last updated on 2013-05-23 00:45:57.

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Thermoeconomics - is it a science for economy? Everyone can answer this question if he (she) casts his (her) looks at the general evolution of economic thought during XIX - XX centuries. First it was the theory of "invisible hand" controlling the reproduction of life through sell and buy, solar energy was a thing taken for granted. Soon it was noticed that economy was a system which consumed and produced energy with efficiency exceeding 100% (surplus product) which seemingly contradicted the second law of thermodynamics. The explanation of the phenomenon was found in the qualities of labour which produced a manifold of economic values and sophisticated social problems. It was an enticing idea to avoid the uncertain qualities of labour and directly apply the laws of thermodynamics to the economic theory. This effort became known as "thermoeconomics". It failed to be acknowledged as an adequate description of economy because it could not tackle the economic values but it focused the attention of economists upon the natural property of uncertainty. Thermoeconomics showered that any economic activity dissipates energy and thus ultimately leads the world to the state of maximum uncertainty (chaos). Contrary to this, political economy saw labour as a creative force which produced a certain form of life despite the dissipation of energy. Thus certainty prevailed over uncertainty. In the middle of the XX century cybernetics showed that uncertainty (entropy) was a fundamental property of any system which determined the direction of its evolution and that the opposite property of uncertainty (information) can reverse the direction of the evolution of the system. It was shown that the evolution of a physical system goes towards the maximum entropy and the evolution of a living system (economy) goes towards the minimum entropy.

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  1. Ternyik, Stephen I., 2013. "The Energetics of Economics (Money as access to Energy)," MPRA Paper 44850, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Giffin, Adom, 2009. "From physics to economics: An econometric example using maximum relative entropy," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 388(8), pages 1610-1620.
  3. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics - A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics (Third edition)," Books, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International, edition 0, number tebp2012.
  4. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 1 Introduction," Working Papers tech12012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  5. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 2 Stock and Flow Processes," Working Papers tech22012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  6. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 3 Thermodynamic Principles," Working Papers tech32012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  7. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 4 Production and Entropy Processes," Working Papers tech42012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  8. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 5 Money," Working Papers tech52012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  9. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 6 Labour and Unemployment," Working Papers tech62012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  10. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 7 Investment and Economic Entropy," Working Papers tech72012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  11. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 8 Energy Resources and the Economy," Working Papers tech82012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  12. John Bryant, 2012. "Thermoeconomics, A Thermodynamic Approach to Economics, Third Edition, Chapter 9 Thermoeconomics and Sustainability," Working Papers tech92012, Economic Consultancy, Vocat International.
  13. Panagis Liossatos, 2004. "Statistical Entropy in General Equilibrium Theory," Working Papers 0414, Florida International University, Department of Economics.
  14. Rawlings, Philip K. & Reguera, David & Reiss, Howard, 2004. "Entropic basis of the Pareto law," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 343(C), pages 643-652.
  15. Niţă DOBROTĂ & Adrian VIERIŢĂ, 2010. "The Law of Entropy – the Most Economical of All Natural Laws. Current Manifestations of World Economics," Theoretical and Applied Economics, Asociatia Generala a Economistilor din Romania - AGER, vol. 5(5(546)), pages 81-98, May.
  16. Juan R. De Miguel & Ghanshyam B. Mehta & Esteban Induráin & Juan C. Candeal, 2001. "Utility and entropy," Economic Theory, Springer, vol. 17(1), pages 233-238.
  17. John Gowdy & Susan Mesner, 1998. "The Evolution of Georgescu-Roegen's Bioeconomics," Review of Social Economy, Taylor and Francis Journals, vol. 56(2), pages 136-156.