In existographies, Carl Clausewitz (1780-1831) (IQ:155|#605) [RGM:287|1,500+] (GMG:9) (CR:10) was a Prussian general noted for his moral, i.e. “moral force”, and romantic theory of warfare, who in his 1832 posthumously-published treatise On War, used the principle of friction to distinguish real war from the mechanical, Newtonian world.
Puzzlingly, there exist a number of publications making seemingly anachronistic statements that Clausewitz, in his work, employed some type of “thermodynamic” logic in his friction theory based war theories, in the years when thermodynamics just in initiation (Sadi Carnot, 1824) and not yet even founded (Rudolf Clausius, 1850) or coined (William Thomson, 1854) for that matter. English complexity theory economist Antoione Bousqute, in 2008, to cite one example, stated the following:
- “Thermodynamic thought also expressed itself in the writings of Carl von Clausewitz who recognized the essentially dynamic and irreducibly unpredictable nature of war, and theorized the inevitable friction and fog inherent in military operations.”
Investigation will be needed to determine the roots of the assertions.
Quotes | On
The following are quotes on Clausewitz:
- “I'm just getting warmed up. This is von Clausewitz shit. Total fucking war.”
- — Kurt Wimmer (2009), Law Abiding Citizen (character: Clyde Shelton [Gerard Butler]) (1:16:06-)
Quotes | By
The following are quotes by Clauswitz:
- “War is a continuation of politics by other means.”
- — Carl Clausewitz (c.1820), Publication; cited in Crimson Tide (22:50-)
- “To achieve victory, we must mass our forces at the hub of all power and movement. The enemy's ‘center of gravity’.”
- — Carl Clausewitz (c.1832), Publication; cited by Kurt Wimmer (2009) in Law Abiding Citizen (quote on wall) (1:29:50-)
- Hage, Ghassan and Kowal, Emma. (2011). Force, Movement, Intensity: the Newtonian Imagination in the Humanities and Social Science (GB) (Amz) (thermodynamics, 3+ pgs). Melbourne University Press.
- (a) Ghyczy, Tiha, Deteringer, Bolko, and Bassford, Christopher. (2002). Clausewitz on Strategy: Inspiration and Insight form a Master Strategist (§:Friction and Entropy, pgs. 88-). Wiley.
(b) Hage, Ghassan and Kowal, Emma. (2011). Force, Movement, Intensity: the Newtonian Imagination in the Humanities and Social Science (GB) (Amz) (thermodynamics, 3+ pgs). Melbourne University Press.
- Bousquet, Antoine. (2008). The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (ch. 3: Thermodynamic Warfare and the Science of Energy, pgs. 63-92). Columbia University Press.
- Carl Clausewitz (WikiFoundry subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.