Hierarchical thermodynamics is contrasted with the theory of Ilya Prigogine
By Libb Thims
An overview of the thermodynamics of evolution theories of Russian physical chemist Georgi Gladyshev, which argues that Gibbs criteria of equilibrium, variations of G less than zero, can be used to quantify and explain evolutionary form change. In the video, Gladyshevs theory is contrasted with the better known theory of Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine, who argues that free energy cannot be used to explain evolution, whereas instead a non-equilibrium thermodynamics theory of dissipative structures is needed to explain evolution. The end of the video has a short Feb 2010 clip of Gladyshev in Moscow discussing his theory.