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Biography[ edit ] Prigogine was born in Moscow a few months before the Russian Revolution of , into a Jewish family. Because the family was critical of the new Soviet system , they left Russia in They first went to Germany and in , to Belgium , where Prigogine received Belgian nationality in His brother Alexandre — became an ornithologist.
He was a member of numerous scientific organizations, and received numerous awards, prizes and 53 honorary degrees. For his study in irreversible thermodynamics , he received the Rumford Medal in , and in , the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In , he was awarded the title of Viscount in the Belgian nobility by the King of the Belgians. After their divorce, he married Polish-born chemist Maria Prokopowicz also known as Maria Prigogine in In they had a son Pascal. In summary, Ilya Prigogine discovered that importation and dissipation of energy into chemical systems could result in the emergence of new structures hence dissipative structures due to internal self reorganization.
See the criticism by Joel Keizer and Ronald Fox. Prigogine and coworkers proposed a Liouville space extension of quantum mechanics. A Liouville space is the vector space formed by the set of self-adjoint linear operators , equipped with an inner product, that act on a Hilbert space.
The End of Certainty[ edit ] In his book, La Fin des certitudes, written in collaboration with Isabelle Stengers and published in English in as The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature, Prigogine contends that determinism is no longer a viable scientific belief: "The more we know about our universe, the more difficult it becomes to believe in determinism. According to Prigogine, determinism loses its explanatory power in the face of irreversibility and instability.
In deterministic physics, all processes are time-reversible, meaning that they can proceed backward as well as forward through time. As Prigogine explains, determinism is fundamentally a denial of the arrow of time.
With no arrow of time, there is no longer a privileged moment known as the "present," which follows a determined "past" and precedes an undetermined "future. With irreversibility, the arrow of time is reintroduced to physics.
Prigogine notes numerous examples of irreversibility, including diffusion , radioactive decay , solar radiation , weather and the emergence and evolution of life. Like weather systems, organisms are unstable systems existing far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Instability resists standard deterministic explanation.
Instead, due to sensitivity to initial conditions, unstable systems can only be explained statistically, that is, in terms of probability. Prigogine asserts that Newtonian physics has now been "extended" three times:[ citation needed ] first with the introduction of spacetime in general relativity , then with the use of the wave function in quantum mechanics , and finally with the recognition of indeterminism in the study of unstable systems chaos theory.
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