Milivoje M. Kostic, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed as a guest-editor of the special issue of Entropy journal “Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics,” an international and interdisciplinary open access journal.
The goal of the special issue is to put certain physical and philosophical concepts in perspective, to revisit the fundamentals of the Second Law of Thermodynamics and concept of entropy, as well as to initiate discussion and constructive criticism about these fundamental concepts, including some recent challenges of the Second Law.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics is among the most fundamental principles of engineering, science and nature. It provides conditions and limits for forced, directional displacement of mass-energy in space and time, thus governing all processes in nature.
Since its discovery more than 150 years ago, its status is generally considered supreme.
But there are many puzzling issues surrounding the Second Law and other concepts in thermodynamics, including subtle definitions and ambiguous meaning of very fundamental concepts. The Second Law is often challenged in biology, life and social sciences, including evolution and information sciences, all with history rich in confusion due to the lack of proper observations and “accounting” of all mass-energy flows, the latter may be in “stealth” form or undetected rate at our state of technology and comprehension (as the science history has taught many times).
Kostic’s teaching, research and scholarly interests are in fundamental laws of nature; thermodynamics and heat transfer fundamentals; the second law of thermodynamics and entropy; energy efficiency; conservation and sustainability; fluids-thermal-energy components and systems; and nanotechnology and nanofluids.
He has presented a number of invited plenary lectures and seminars at international conferences and several institutions.