|Left: a mock picture of Thims at the Dow building, home to the chemical engineering department of the University of Michigan, in which American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, in circa 1995, began to ruminate on the nature of mate selection in relation to the application of chemical thermodynamic reaction spontaneity prediction (ΔG < 0) to human mating relationships viewed as purely human chemical reactions. Right: Thims' 1994-1995 coursework, during which time, in one of these classes (thermodynamics I, thermodynamics II, physical chemistry, or heat and mass transfer) the seed for the search to understand the subject of "human chemical thermodynamics" was planted.|
| Circa 2002 hand-written notes by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, in the front matter of his copy of Matt Ridley’s Genome: the Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters (1999), wherein he is attempting to formulate a chemical symbol notation for a male Mx, female Fy, and baby Bc, per the reproductive reaction, Thims had in mind, in his early years of theory development (1995-2003):|
1995: Male + Female → Babyprior to his circa 2003 realization that the human reproduction reaction was a double displacement reaction of the form:
2003: AB + CD → AC + BD
where the molecular components "B" and "D" are the germ cells of each person, i.e. sperm and egg, AC is a dihumanide molecule, in possession of a human chemical bond "A≡C", in which a quantifiable amount of Gibbs free energy is stored, in the form of bond energy, per the Fritz Lipmann coupling theory, and BD is the newly-formed child at the point of parental detachment (age 18).
First, on 15 Nov 2001 at 3:00 AM, Thims solved the problem of applying the Gibbs free energy equation∆G = ∆H – T∆Sto the human reaction mechanism, i.e. human life; after seven year’s worth of puzzle dabbling.Second, on 12/05/01, Thims decided it would be advisable to write a short book to present this solution; having never before had any aspirations to write.Third, through 2002-03 Thims read approximately 250 variegated books in efforts to determine if such a presentation had already been said, done, and discarded; resultantly, only a few partial presentations were found—none being fully defined.Fourth, by 11/10/03 an 850-pg rough draft was in place. This crude copy was then filtered through the first reviewer, a University of Chicago MBA graduate, for ‘likeability’ and ‘understandability’. This reviewer liked, understood, agreed with everything.Fifth, in 2004 Thims began filtering the book through about 12 reviewers.Sixth, by 2005 Thims decided to split the now 1,000-pg book titled ‘Human Thermodynamics’ [encompassing 500 scientific references, 50 original research projects, 2,000 in-person survey data points, and 10 proofs] into three separate volumes [VI-VIII].
See main: Thims thought experiment; See also: Love thought experimentSkipping forward about a dozen or so years, in circa 1992-1993, in an attempt to figure out how to go about choosing who to marry, as a freshman pre-engineering student, Thims made an excel-style spread sheet table of the top nineteen girlfriends, whom he could potentially marry, listing each person on the horizontal and listing a range of point ranked attributes, qualities, or factors on the vertical, in an attempt to get a numerical "marriage quality value" for each girlfriend. The resulting solutions, however, did not seem to intuitively make any sense.
G1 | 5.0
G2 | 6.2
G3 | 6.1
G4 | 5.6
G5 | 7.2
G6 | 5.8
G7 | 5.9
G8 | 6.7
G9 | 6.4
G10 | 4.3
G11 | 5.3
G12 | 5.2
G13 | 4.6
G14 | 6.0
G15 | 6.0
G16 | 6.2
G17 | 6.6
G18 | 7.7
G19 | 5.3
|The results on David Buss' circa 1993 occupation versus sexual receptiveness study, which intuited to Libb Thims, in circa 2001, that this preference effect must be connected and quantifiable to changes in the statemeasurement of the entropy of a person or couple.|
ΔG < 0 (spontaneous or energetically “favored” reaction)
∆G = ∆H – T∆S
∆G = ∆H – T∆S
ΔG < 0 signifies a spontaneous (energetically favored) reaction
ΔG > 0 signifies a non-spontaneous reaction (one that would require energy)
A + B → C
ΔG = ΔH – TΔS
A + B → Child
A + D → Child
A + E → Child
|English astrophysicist Stephen Hawking's 1996 human neurological entropy change diagram associated with the reading of a book.|
“Reading this book will have increased the amount of ordered information in your brain. However, during the same time, heat released by your body will have had a much greater effect increasing the disorder in the rest of the universe.”
A + B → C
|An early-stage, circa 2002, quickly-made scratch-paper attempt by American chemical engineer Libb Thims at the calculation of a crude-version molecular formula for a human, using a percentage ratio method. |
"The universe had expanded-reacted enough ... to form a molecule made of these specific elements that we now define as homo sapien [as can be represented by the following] crude empirical formula for the molecular human."
A + B → AB + C
|A thermodynamic system / molecular bubbles (Edward Hall, 1966) depiction of a human molecular orbital for one human molecule, or rather one person's average daily trajectories and movements, viewed at a sped-up rate of viewing, according to human molecular orbital theory, the theory of which was worked out in 2003 by Thims.|
ΔG = ΔH – TΔS
“Beauty times brains equals a constant.”
|A plot of the ranked data results, of the group "female science majors", from the 2002 study of 2,018 University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) college graduation photos, graduating classes of 1969 and 1972, showing that attractiveness is inversely proportion, on average, to intelligence, a finding which corroborates Beckhap's law.|
P = psychology, B = biology, C = chemistry, and M = mathematics, each with 41, 20, 13, and 21 students, respectively. Similarly, A = physical attractiveness (of group); on a scale of 7.0 = most physically attractive to 1.0 = least physically attractive; and I = intellectual difficulty (of degree); on a scale of 100 = most intellectually difficult to 10 = least intellectually difficult.
See main: Beckhap's lawIn 2002, in an effort to get actual hands on statistical data to corroborate Beckhap's law, Libb Thims undertook an "Attractiveness vs. Intelligence" study of photos and corresponding graduation degrees of the 2,018 students of the graduating classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the years 1969 and 1972, finding that when like groups of students are grouped (e.g. male engineers, female science majors, education degrees students, etc.) that within those groups physical attractiveness does indeed have an inverse relationship to intelligence. 
second that entropy is inversely proportional to intelligence:
Gibbs free energy of the state of the child, Bc, detached at age 15. Gibbs free energy of the state of two reactants, the male Mx and female molecule Fy, at the point of love at first sight. Enthalpy of the state of the child, Bc, detached at age 15. Enthalpy of the state of the two reactants, the male Mx and female molecule Fy, at the point of love at first sight. Entropy of the state of the child, Bc, detached at age 15. Entropy of of the state of the two reactants, the male Mx and female molecule Fy, at the point of love at first sight.
|The 2005-launched site HumanThermodynamics.com, intended to be a laymanized presentation of the subject of human thermodynamics.|
“The presentation of love viewed as a human chemical reaction between two human molecules (Mx + Fy → MxFy) is good for a laugh, but not much else.”Of note, this last quote was, in large part, the "straw that broke the camel's back", in the irritation level of Thims' mind, impelling him into the irreversible task of writing up the world's first textbook on the subject of human chemistry, a process which took 18-months and 14-days, being completed in September of 2007.
|Advertisement on Thims' Wikipedia user page on 13 Dec 2005, which attracted derisive comments from scientists, such as American organic chemist Frank Lambert who commented that "Thims is a lost soul who seriously searches for the thermodynamic meaning of sex", among other derisive opinions. ||Late 2006 / early 2007 draft cover-version of Human Chemistry, the subtitle pointing to the newly derived field particle mediated exchange force model of human chemical bonding.|
Dobbs, op. cit., also examined the role of the ‘mediator’ by which two substances are made ‘sociable’. We may recall here the importance of the mediator in Goethe’s Elective Affinities (Engl. Trans. Greenwood 1976). For what concerns chemistry, Goethe was not far from Newton. Footnote #5 (pgs. 64, 319), chapter II: The Identification of the Real, section 2: Motion and Change, Order Out of Chaos (1984) by Ilya Prigogine.
|The 2001 online Q&A posting by the Physics Van Outreach program of the physics-engineering department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where a college is telling children incorrectly that the process of love (or falling in love) is not a chemical reaction, an incident that irritated Thims (on the driving forces or factors behind the eventual writing of the 2007 Human Chemistry textbook. |
“I’m forced to write a book out of necessity; I’ve found that I can’t talk to anyone intelligently about any kind of thermodynamic theory of human life until someone situates a basic textbook arguing that human life is a chemical process involving human chemical reactions between human molecules and the bonds formed or broken therein, i.e. reactions between people, and the energetics associated with this. Most of the book is going to be based on Carnot, Clausius, Gibbs, Helmholtz, Goethe, the first person to write an actual human chemistry book (1809), Gladyshev, and about a dozen others.”
|A depiction of the main thematic contents of Hmolpedia: human relationships, love, hate, atoms, molecules, heat, motion, Papin engine, human chemistry, and human physics, the 2007-launched niche encyclopedia, created by Thims to facilitate the study of the subject of human thermodynamics.|
|Thims' 2008 120-page booklet The Human Molecule, on the history of the concept of a person viewed as an atom, particle, chemical, or molecule, an expansion of his earlier 2007 chapter (with fuller historical overview) plus addition of the newly-found 2007 human molecular formula views of Robert Sterner and James Elser.|
See main: Libb Thims (lectures)In 2010, Thims began giving invited lectures on an introduction to human thermodynamics to bioengineering thermodynamics classes at a local university in Chicago, and did this yearly through 2012. The following are video stills of Thims lecturing in 2010:
2010-2012 | Thims at UIC | Chicago Thims lecturing in 2010 (see: Libb Thims lectures) on human thermodynamics to engineering students, standing adjacent to pictures of Clausius, Gibbs, and Lewis, authors of the founding texts at the core of human thermodynamics. Thims explaining to engineering students how the Papin engine relates to human chemical affinities, Gibbs free energy, and morality.
The following are meetup photos and after symposium photos during the Jun 2013 University of Pitesti Econophysics and Sociophysics Workshop, Romania, in which Thims, as the key speaker, gave an opening 90-minute talk on “Econoengineering and Economic Behavior: Particle, Atom, Molecule, or Agent Models?”, generally about what not to do in econophysics and sociophysics modelling:
2013 | Thims at NIU | DeKalb, Illinois Left: Thims in his 16 Apr 2013 lecture: “Human Chemical Thermodynamics: Goethe's Elective Affinities to Human Free Energies” (see: lectures), at segment 48:30-50:39 (see: video), at Northern Illinois University College of Engineering, doing the famous 18th century Leiden University volume expansion "ball and ring experiment" to explain "social expansion" (day) and "social contraction" (night), in Carnot cycle terms, in respect to hot body (sun) / cold body (night sky) alternating daily contact of earth-bound social systems (working body), Boerhaave's law, entropy (transformation content) increase, and irreversible changes in Gibbs free energy states of human existence and experience; the human molecule view lecture notes page in the background; illuminated rotating globe to the right.  Right: edited synopsis video segment of April 2013 lecture.
2013 | Thims at UP | Pitesti, Romania Left: American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims with the two heads of the Romanian school of physical socioeconomics, from left to right: Ion Siman and Gheorghe Savoiu, holding Thims 2008 The Human Molecule, Thims, holding Savoiu and Siman's 2012 Econophysics, and Constantin Bratianu, a newcomer to the group, noted for his work in knowledge thermodynamics (28 Jun 2013). Right: Thims during his UPESW 2013 talk (Jun 29), at 2:20-min (see: video) holding his social piston and cylinder demonstration model explaining how the city boundary of Pitesti, Romania, is an example of a socioeconomic boundary in a thermodynamic modelling sense.
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See main: Two cultures departmentIn 2013, Thims began to actively pursue the means to found a university department, a upgrade to the 1950s Princeton Department of Social Physics, so to speak, centered around the teaching of human thermodynamics themed as the solution to C.P. Snow's famed two cultures divide of the erudite of society: