Ira Livingston

photo neededIn hmolscience, Ira Livingston (c.1960-) is an American cultural theorist noted, in human thermodynamics, for his 1997 Arrow of Chaos, a critique of thermodynamics logic used in literature, politics, and psychology.

In 1997, Livingston, in his Arrow of Chaos: Romanticism and Postmodernity, gave a thermodynamic interpretation of the publications of various individuals in literature, politics, and psychology, such as Sigmund Freud, Stuart Kauffman, and Michel Serres. A noted section of chapter two, Horrors of Order and Disorder, is “Mixture and Fixture: Political Thermodynamics in Burke and Paine”. Livingston, a noted wordsmith, exceeds in coining new human thermodynamic terms, such as “politiothermodynamics”, Freud’s “thermopsychodynamics”, among others, all seemingly used without notice.

Livingston completed his PhD at Stanford. In 1997, Livingston was an assistant professor of English at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is currently the chair of the English and humanities department at the Pratt Institute. [2]

1. Livingston, Ira. (1997). Arrow of Chaos: Romanticism and Postmodernity (thermodynamics, 15-pages; Mixture and Fixture: Political Thermodynamics in Burke and Paine, pgs. 42-47). University of Minnesota Press.
2. Ira Livingston (faculty) – Pratt Institute.

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