Human thermodynamics dissertations

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In education, human thermodynamics dissertations refers to MS or PhD degrees awarded for work in thermodynamics applied to humanities-related problems, topics, or subjects of inquiry.

Overview

The following is working-in-progress growing collection of known thermodynamics-based humanities theses or dissertations:

# Year Person Thesis / Dissertation School
1920 Josef Schnippenkotter
(1886-c.1955)
The Entropological Proof of God: the Physical Development of the Entropy Principle and its Philosophical Meaning (PhD)

(Der Entropologische Gottesbeweis: Die Physikalische Entwicklung des Entropieprinzips, seine Philosophische und Apologetische Bedeutung)

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1966 William Plank
(c.1934-)
Thesis: “Art and the Artist in the Cosmogenesis of Teilhard de Chardin” (MA in French) University of Washington-Seattle
1966 John O’Manique
(1936-2003)
Thesis: “The Theory of Orthogenesis in the Synthesis of Teilhard de Chardin” (PhD) University of Ottawa
1972 Stephen Coleman
(1942-)
Measurement and Analysis of Political Systems: a Science of Social Behavior (PhD) (on Shannon entropy / thermodynamics entropy of political systems) University of Minnesota
1974 Carter Finn
(1935-)
Thesis/dissertation: “Religion, Philosophy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics” College of William and Mary
1978 Dick Hammond
(c.1938-)
Thesis: Analysis of Entropy Reduction and its Implications for Ethical Instruction in Public Education (EdD) University of Arkansas and University of Texas
Adviser: Ilya Prigogine
1988 Seth Lloyd
(1960-)
Black Holes, Demons, and the Loss of Coherence: How Complex Systems Get Information, and What They Do With It (PhD) Rockefeller University
Advisor: Heinz Pagels
1992 Matthias Ruth
(1964-)
Economic Processes and Environmental Repercussions: Synthesizing Economics, Ecology, and Thermodynamics (PhD) University of Illinois, Urbana
c.1995 Kozo Mayumi
(1954-)
Thesis: "Land: Ecological and Economic Achilles’ Heel" (in economics) (MA) (1988)
Studies on Georgescu-Roegen’s Bioeconomic Paradigm (PhD)
Vanderbilt University
Advisor: Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
Kyoto University
1998 Satish Boregowda
(c.1968-)
Thermodynamic Modeling and Analysis of Stress Responses (PhD) Old Dominion University, Virgina (funded by NASA Langley Research Center)
1999 Sip de Vries
(c.1969-)
Thermodynamic and Economic Principles: and the Assessment of Bioenergy (PhD) Delft University of Technology
2013 Mircea Gligor
(1963-2015)
“Thermodynamics and Statistical Models for Dissipative Socio-Economic Systems” (PhD) Alexandru loan Cuza University, lasi, Romania
Advisor: Margareta Ignat
2003 Nathaniel Umukoro
(c.1980-)
“Thermodynamics: Application of its Principles to Conflict Diagnosis, Management and Resolution in the Niger Delta of Nigeria” (MS) University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Department: humanitarian and refugee studies

2008 Stefan Pohl-Valero
(c.1977-)
“The Circulation of Energy: Thermodynamics, National Culture, and Social Progress in Spain, 1868-1890” (PhD) Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Advisor: Agusti Nieto-Galan

2010 Luis Arroyo
(1990-)
“A Thermal Model of the Economy” (MS) University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Department: physics
2011 Jeff Tuhtan
(1979-)
“A Modeling Approach for Alpine Rivers Impacted by Hydropeaking Including the Second Law Inequality” (PhD) Institute for Modeling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems at the University of Stuttgart, Germany
Consultant: Libb Thims
2015 Thomas Mapes
(c.1985-)
“Literatures of Stress: Thermodynamic Physics and the Poetry and Pross of Gerard Manley Hopkins” (PhD)

(pdf)

Georgia State University
Department: English
2019 Burin Gumjudpai
(1973-)
“Thermodynamic Formulation of Economics” (MS thesis) School of Development Economics, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand
Advisor: Yuthana Sethapramote

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