Money rollIn hmolscience, money, the basic unit in the medium of exchange on quantities of value, is often compared to energy; often considered to have a relationship to thermodynamics. [1]

The task of quantifying energy in human social and economic systems, comparable to that in a physics system or steam engine, is new area of research and very difficult to do. As such, the majority of current models of quantifying money thermodynamically fall short, but are often good starting points. An example of a popular quote, outlining this view, comes from American quantum computer theorist Seth Lloyd: [3]

The line of logic followed, by some, in the course that money is a form of energy that is conserved, is that “value has to be conserved” (an 1979 postulate), that value and energy might have similar functions, and that there may exist a “conservation of money” law, similar or analogous to the conservation of energy, in economics. [2]

On face value this logic seems compelling. In unique cases, such as the fall of a government, wherein a system’s currency becomes valueless, the idea that the energy equivalent of a piece of paper, e.g. confederate dollars after the American civil war, is conserved somehow, loses face.

In 1853, German economist
Hermann Gossen, in his Development of the Laws of Human Exchange and the Consequent Rules of Human Action, used a variant of the conservation of force to attempt a formulation of a calculus of human pleasures, theorizing on how Kräfte (or forces) operated in the course of human economic exchanges, on the premise that the aim of each individual is to maximize his or her total life pleasure.

Dozens of others in century to follow attempted to relate "money" to "energy" in some way or another.

In 2000, physicist Victor Yakovenko and Romanian-born American physicist Victor Yakovenko argue that “In a closed economic system, money is conserved. Thus, by analogy with energy, the equilibrium probability distribution of money must follow the exponential Boltzmann-Gibbs law characterized by an effective temperature equal to the average amount of money per economic agent.” [5]

In 2007, Russian bioelectrochemist Octavian Ksenzhek argued that money can be considered as a virtual form of energy and that energy coupling in social systems is mediated by materialized forms of energy, such as money. [4] Ksenzhek argues that the role of money in social systems may be compared with that of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in biochemical systems, both of which act as energy carriers. Ksenzhek conceives of the entropy of money as the product of the quantity of the money multiplied by its specific entropy, such that the more dispersed the money is, the greater is its specific entropy.

Human chemistry
In the logic of human chemical thermodynamics, in which the “agents” of an economic system are considered as “molecules” (human molecules to be exact), money is considered as a “secondary field particle”, that which mediates a force. [6]

The following are popular quotes:

“Money can’t buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.”
— Christopher Marlowe (c.1580) (Ѻ); also attributed to Laurence J. Peter [1]

“Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law and the second law of thermodynamics. All three are processes in which useful or accessible forms of some quantity, such as energy or money, are transformed into useless, inaccessible forms of the same quantity. That is not to say that these three processes don't have fringe benefits: taxes pay for roads and schools; the second law of thermodynamics drives cars, computers and metabolism; and death, at the very least, opens up tenured faculty positions.”
Seth Lloyd (2004) [3]

See also
In Thermodynamics We Trust new2
The "ΘΔics" symbol, found at the bottom of every Hmolpedia article (linking to this page), being shorthand for the term "thermodynamics" (the science that governs the known universe), shown on a US one dollar bill, meaning, for the modern physical scientist, "In Thermodynamics We Trust", substituted for original 1956 statement "In God We Trust" (a defunct theory), as adhered to by the general public.

1. (a) Daly, Herman E. and Farley, Joshua. (2003). Ecological Economics – Principles and Applications, (section: Money and Thermodynamics, pgs. 255-57). Island Press.
(b) Schmitz, John E.J. (2007). The Second Law of Life: Energy, Technology, and the Future of Earth as We Know It, (pg. 102). William Andrew Publishing.
2. (a) Postulate: “value has to be conserved”, comment made by a speaker at the economics seminar (1979 or 1980) at Stanford University.
(b) Mirowski, Philip. (1989). More Heat than Light – Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature’s Economics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
3. (a) Lloyd, Seth. (2004). “quoted section”, August 26, issue of Nature, v. 430.
(b) This quote, to note, seems to be culled from the 2002 writings of Morton Tavel, Contemporary Physics and the Limits of Knowledge,
pg. 156. Rutgers University Press.
4. Ksenzhek, Octavian S. (2007). Money: Virtual Energy - Economy through the Prism of Thermodynamics, Universal Publishers.
5. A. Dragulescu and V. M. Yakovenko. (2000). “Statistical Mechanics of Money,” European Physical Journal B 17, 723–729.
6. Thims, Libb. (2007).
Human Chemistry (Volume One) (preview) (pg. 202-03). Morrisville, NC: LuLu.
7. Solomon, Robert C. (1981). Love: Emotion, Myth, & Metaphor (pg. 167). Prometheus Books, 1990.

Further reading
Chalidize, Valery. (2000). Entropy Demystified - Potential Order, Life and Money. USA: Universal Publishers.

External links
Money – Wikipedia.

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