To design better systems we must understand evolution. Evolution is the phenomenon of change after change in a discernible direction in time. It is everywhere, and unites all of nature and science: bio and non-bio, human made and not human made. The lecture shows how to predict evolution from the physics covered by the Constructal Law: because of freedom, all movement (flow) exhibits the tendency to evolve into configurations that provide greater access.
Predicted design phenomena include animal locomotion, airplanes, helicopters, organ size, body size, economies of scale, sustainability, population size, hierarchy, and the S-curve history of the spreading of everything that flows on an area or volume. The doctrine of evolutionary (constructal) design teaches how to predict evolution in general, and how to fast-forward technology evolution. To predict is ‘theory’, the ability to imagine, to see with the eyes of the mind, to have original ideas before testing them against observations of nature. To predict is the opposite of empiricism such as copying what exists (biomimicry, technology theft, reverse engineering, plagiarism).
Adrian Petrescu, Visiting Professor, DAU
Adrian Bejan--Guest Speaker--, J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor, Duke University