Volume 19: Pages 583-591, 2006
Energy Transformation and Flow: A Theory of Evolution
Richard Oldani 1
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Spontaneous emission by an atomic oscillator is defined in terms of energy transformation and flow. The description is expanded to include dissipative systems by introducing energy equipartition as a property of the flow. A law of flow equivalent to the laws of thermodynamics is formulated for bounded systems and is then applied to living organisms. The common genetic structure of cells is seen as fulfilling the structural requirement of equipartition, while the tendency of the organism toward an equilibrium state, or homeostasis, describes the equipartitioned flow. Since energy flow increases by superposition, evolution may be interpreted as an extended series of spontaneous energy transformations from external to internal modes. Finally, evolutionary theory is used heuristically to define a universal law of energy flow and to introduce time as a quantum‐mechanical variable. Two experimental tests are proposed.
Keywords: thermodynamics, spontaneous emission, evolution, homeostasis, genetics, Cambrian explosion
Received: December 14, 2005; Published Online: December 15, 2008