Self-Organization, Transformity, and Information

  title={Self-Organization, Transformity, and Information},
  author={Howard T. Odum},
  pages={1132 - 1139}
  • H. Odum
  • Published 1988
  • Medicine
  • Science
Ecosystems and other self-organizing systems develop system designs and mathematics that reinforce energy use, characteristically with alternate pulsing of production and consumption, increasingly recognized as the new paradigm. Insights from the energetics of ecological food chains suggest the need to redefine work, distinguishing kinds of energy with a new quantity, the transformity (energy of one type required per unit of another). Transformities may be used as an energy-scaling factor for… Expand

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