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The Steady State and Ecological Salvation: A Thermodynamic Analysis

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
BioScience
Vol. 27, No. 4, The Scientist and Environmental Bioethics (Apr., 1977), pp. 266-270
DOI: 10.2307/1297702
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1297702
Page Count: 5
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The Steady State and Ecological Salvation: A Thermodynamic Analysis
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Abstract

The idea of ecological salvation through a stationary world is a symptom of the attraction which absence of change has always had for the scholarly mind. The world cannot, however, be a thermodynamic steady state, whether open or closed. A novel law of thermodynamics refutes the last case. The need is for a new scale of bioeconomic values.

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