Prophet

Lewis caricature (chemistry and thermodynamics) (labeled)
Left: American chemistry historian William Jensen's 2007 caricature of American physical chemist Gilbert Lewis as the prophet of the chemical bond, for the 1902 development of his Lewis dot structure model. Right: Jensen's diagram retouched in 2012 by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, depicting Lewis as the 20th century's greatest prophet of chemical thermodynamics, particularly for pointing the way to the usage of the free energy criterion ΔG < 0 as the "universal rule" for naturally occurring earth-bound freely-going reactions and processes.
In science, prophet, as compared to a religious prophet, seer, or oracle is one who has the ability to cogently see into the future and to correctly predict things to come.

“Each age has its own prophets, men who bring to it distinctive messages and present them in such effective form as to sway the currents of contemporary thought.”
Edwin Slosson (1914), Major Prophets of Today [9]

Overview
The following 1871 quote by American presidential candidate Victoria Woodhull on German polymath Johann Goethe (IQ=230) and his self-defined greatest work Elective Affinities, captures the essence of the scientific prophet: [1]

“If this fundamental thought of the man who has proved to be the seer or prophet of science in so many other things, is also a scientific truth, the fact cannot be appreciated by the world too soon, nor its immense sweep of consequences be too clearly foreseen and provided for. It will affect the whole scope of morals and social order.”

American historian Henry Adams was also a seer of sorts, for on the same subject that Woodhull here speaks, Adams stated, in depend to both, in 1885, that the subject, i.e. the chemistry, physics, and thermodynamics of "human molecules", as Adams defines people, specifically the scientific study of "attractions and repulsions of equivalent human molecules", as Adams stated, was a “science yet to be created”—a prophesy that would soon begin come true in the two centuries to follow (Dreier, 1910-54; Fairburn, 1914; Thims, 2007-present).

The mean if Goethe (IQ=230), Adams (IQ=190), Helmholtz (IQ=195), and Lewis (IQ=195), yields and prophet IQ mean of 203 (IQavg=203).

American anthropologist Leslie White, noted for his 1943 sketches of crude formulas on the nature of energy, entropy, and free energy in culture, has been described as "anthropology's most significant prophet of the second law." [2] This “prophet of the second law” epitaph might stem from Eric Wolf whose 1964 description of White as “an evolutionist prophet crying in an antievolutionary wilderness that yielded no sympathetic echo”, which has frequently been requoted.

In this same vein, English physicist C.G. Darwin might be classified as a prophet, to some extent, for this 1952 The Next Million Years, wherein he attempted to speculate on how thermodynamics could be used to predict the next million years of the evolution of “human molecules” (his term).

In circa 1956, Iranian thermodynamicist Mehdi Bazargan, possibly stated in his Thermodynamics of Humans, stated the following views in regards to death or rather termination of the person: [4]

Thermodynamics might be able to say, though very vaguely, if there is going to be a resurrection and another world, how this may occur and what the other world may look like … In this way, we may be able to examine to what extent the signs of the other world, as provided by the prophets, are plausible. If these signs about the resurrection, paradise and hell form a reasonable and sensible related collection that new sciences, to some extent, affirm, then such beliefs are not baseless.”
Geoffroy's affinity table




“This table becomes sort of prophetic, for if substances are mixed together, it can foretell the effect and result of the mixture.”
—French Royal Academy of Science (1718)
French physician-chemist Etienne Geoffroy’s 1718 affinity table, culled from Isaac Newton's "Query 31", the first reaction prediction device; the forerunner to prediction based on free energy, as embodied in 20th century free energy tables; the first to outline the logic of prediction based on human free energy tables done by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims in 2007. [8]

The subject referred to here, to note is what is called cessation thermodynamics, the study of the nature of the termination of existence of an individual human from the point of view of thermodynamics; and to clarify further, Bazargan, was Islamic in faith or belief system, meaning that he believed in the existence of God, and believed, possibly, in the theory of resurrection, which is a modified derivative of the Egyptian weighting of the soul afterlife theory, as structured in the framework of the Anunian theologies (Ra theologies), of which 75 percent of the current population of the world adheres to. The modern point of view, however, holds that a human is a molecule (see: human molecular formula) or atomic geometry or human chemical or whatever name one is attune to and chemicals and molecules, by definition are not alive and do not die—by repercussion of this fact: a human cannot die.

Libb Thims — the great oracle and developer of human thermodynamics—the philosophical revolution of the 21st century. A genius of outstanding stature and originator of many concepts in human chemistry.”
Mark Janes (2011), comment on the work of Libb Thims [5]

“I must say, I started watching your videos over a year ago, and have re-watched many. And they still fascinate me. I’m only 17 and I’m seriously considering doing a degree in chemistry after watching your videos. The only downside is not many people I know can have a conversation about the things you’re talking about. You were right your videos are decades if not a century in front of its time.”
Ben (2011), comment on Human Chemistry 101 YouTube channel

Economic thermodynamics
Romanian mathematician Nicholas Georgescu, has been described as American economist Jeremy Rifkin’s "prophet and teacher", the main influence behind Rifkin’s theories. [7]

Quotes
The following are related quotes:

“He who learns the law of phenomena wins not only learning, but the power of entering into the course of nature and of working on it further according to his will and need. He wins insight into the future course of these phenomena. He wins indeed faculties that in superstitious times were looked for in prophets and magicians.”
Hermann Helmholtz (1892), "Goethe Lecture" [6]

“The prophet of this new science was Georg Helm, a school teacher who caused a sensation with his 1887 monograph The Doctrine of Energy, [in which] he append a final chapter on the extension of the energy principle to social theory and, more specifically, to economics, traversing the now familiar hierarchy of physical energy to vital energy to social energy.”
Philip Mirowski (1989), More Heat Than Light [10]

References
1. Goethe, Johann. (1872). Elective Affinities (with an Introduction by Victoria C. Woodhull). D.W. Niles.
2. Beekman, Christopher S. and Baden, William W. (2005). Nonlinear Models for Archaeology and Anthropology, (ch. 6: Modeling Prehistoric Maize Agriculture as a Dissipative Process, by William W. Baden, pgs. 95-122; §Modern Thermodynamics Precedents, pgs. 97- ). Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
3. Darwin, Charles G. (1952). The Next Million Years (pg. 26), (Scribd) (Google Books). London: Rupert Hart-Davis.
4. (a) Bazargan, Eshq va Parastesh ya Thermodynamic-e Ensan, 159.
(b) Taghavi, Sehed M. (2004). The Flourishing of Islamic Reformism in Iran: Political Islamic Groups in Iran (1941-61), (pg. 84). Routledge.
5. Janes, Mark. (2011). "Libb Thims", Carbon-Entromorphology.com.
6. (a) Helmholtz, Hermann. (1892). “Goethe Lecture”, Publisher.
(b) Nernst, Walter. (1904). Theoretical Chemistry from the Standpoint of Avogadro’s Rule and Thermodynamics (pg. 4). Macmillan and Co.
7. Drexler, K. Eric. (2007). Engines of Creation – the Coming Era of Nanotechnology, (ch. 10: The Limits to Growth, section: “Entropy: A Limit to Energy Use”). Wowio Books.
8. Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry (Volume Two) (§Human affinity (Gibbs free energy) tables, pgs. 464-68). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
9. Slosson, Edwin E. (1914). Major Prophets of Today (pgs. vii). Little, Brown.
10. Mirowski, Philip. (1989). More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature’s Economics (pgs. 267-28). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Further reading
● Slosson, Edwin E. (1914). Major Prophets of Today (ch. 5: Wilhelm Ostwald, pgs. 190-241, esp. 199-207; quote, pg. 204). Little, Brown.

External links
Prophet – Wikipedia.

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