Prof. Robert M. Kiehn View count: 808 
Professor of Physics (Retired) Interests: Topology Nationality: USA Related Websites:
Biography Professor R. M. Kiehn, B.Sc. 1950, Ph.D. 1953 (Physics, Course VIII, MIT), started his career working (during the summers) at the Argonne National Laboratory on the Navy's nuclear powered submarine project, and on special projects at MIT. Argonne was near his parents home in the then small suburban community known as Elmhurst, Illinois. At Argonne, Dr. Kiehn was given the opportunity to do nuclear experiments using Fermi's original reactor, CP1. The experience stimulated an interest in the development of nuclear energy. After receiving the Ph. D. degree as the Gulf Oil Fellow at MIT, Dr. Kiehn went to work at Los Alamos, with the goal of designing and building a plutonium powered fast breeder reactor, a reactor that would produce more fissionable fuel then it consumed. He was instrumental in the design and operation of LAMPRE, the Los Alamos Molten Plutonium Reactor Experiment. He also became involved with diagnostic experiments on nuclear explosions, both in Nevada on shot towers above ground, and in the Pacific froma flying laboratory built into a KC135 jet tanker. He is one of the diminishing number of people still alive who have witnessed atmospheric nuclear explosions. Dr. Kiehn has written patents that range from AC ionization chambers, plutonium breeder reactor power plants, to dual polarized ring lasers and downhole oil exploration instruments. He is active, at present, in creating new devices and processes, from the nanometer world to the macroscopic world, which utilize the features of NonEquilibrium Systems and Irreversible Processes, from the perspective of Continuous Topological Evolution. Dr. Kiehn left Los Alamos in 1963 to become a professor of physics at the University of Houston. He lived about 100 miles from Houston on his Pecan Orchard  Charolais Cattle ranch on the banks of the San Marcos river near San Antonio. As a pilot, he would commute to Houston, and his classroom responsibilities, in his Cessna 172 aircraft. He was known as the "flying professor". He is now retired, as an "emeritus" professor of physics, and lives in a small villa at the base of Mount Ventoux in the Provence region of southeastern France. He maintains an active scientific website at http://www.cartan.pair.com/. Prof. Kiehn wrote the first four volumes of his magnus opus, NonEquilibrium Systems and Irreversible Processes, during the years 19982002, though they weren't published until 2004 with Lulu Publishers. Lulu allowed Kiehn to retain his intellectual property rights and continue editting these important works. Volume 5 was completed in 2008 and volume 6 in 2009. Articles:

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NonEquilibrium Systems and Irreversible Processes, Vol 1: NonEquilibrium Thermodynamics by Prof. Robert M. Kiehn Pages: 520 Publisher: Lulu Enterprises Year: 2004 / 2009 ISBN: 9781847281937 Websites: www.lulu.com/kiehn Read it now online Buy it now Description Adventures in Applied Topology..... Continuous topological evolution can be used to encode non equilibrium thermodynamic systems and irreversible processes without the use of statistics or probability. Such methods are universal and apply to systems from the microscale to the cosmological scale. Thermodynamic irreversibility and the arrow of time are artifacts of topological change in four dimensions or more. einstein alluded to the fact that thermodynamics is the most fundamental of the sciences. Yet classical thermodynamics has been more or less restricted to the study of idealistic equilibrium systems in terms of statistical methods. This book describes how a new perspective of continuous topological evolution can be used to describe the dynamics of NonEquilibrium real world systems. Surprisingly, the topological methods are universal and apply to many diverse physical, chemical, biological and even economic and political systems. such systems consist of a multitude of different, topologically cherent, possibly self organizing, synergistic components, which extract energy from, and deliver waste to, their environments. 
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NonEquilibrium Systems and Irreversible Processes, Vol 2: Falaco Solitons, Cosmology and the Arrow of Time
by Prof. Robert M. Kiehn Pages: 316 Publisher: Lulu Enterprises Year: 2004 / 2009 ISBN: 9781847281944 Websites: www.lulu.com/kiehn Read it now online Buy it now Description Adventures in Applied Topology..... Continuous topological evolution can be used to encode non equilibrium thermodynamic systems and irreversible processes without the use of statistics or probability. Such methods are universal and apply to systems from the microscale to the cosmological scale. Thermodynamic irreversibility and the arrow of time are artifacts of topological change in four dimensions or more. The second part of the book descibes a simple experiment (Falaco Solitons) that you can do in your swimming pool, emulating the ideas of Cosmic Strings. The third part models the universe in terms of the topological features of a Van der Waals gas near its critical point. The fourth part shows how the topological approach can explain the arrow of time in terms of irreversible thermodynamic processes. A remarkable feature of NonEquilibrium systems is their self organization, into longlived topologically coherent structures or topological defects. A dramatic example of such a concept is given by the creation of Falaco Solitons in a swimming pool. The experiment is readily available to almost everyone, producing universal defect structures in a discontinuity surface. As topological structures, Falaco Solitons can occur at all scales, from the subatomic world of Quarks on a confinement thread to the Cosmological world of Branes attached by Strings, or even spiral galaxy pairs bound together with a Cosmic String. All visible in a swimming pool experiment! 
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NonEquilibrium Systems and Irreversible Processes, Vol 3: Wakes, Coherent Structures and Turbulence by Prof. Robert M. Kiehn Pages: 432 Publisher: Lulu Enterprises Year: 2004 / 2009 ISBN: 9781847281951 Websites: www.lulu.com/kiehn Read it now online Buy it now Description Adventures in Applied Topology..... Continuous topological evolution can be used to encode non equilibrium thermodynamic systems and irreversible processes. Such methods are universal and apply to systems from the microscale to the cosmological scale. This volume uses topological techniques to describe persistent wakes and other topologically coherent but deformable strutures in fluids as thermodynamic states far from equilibrium and of Pfaff Topological dimension 3. The last part of the book is devoted to an explanation of Turbulence in terms of continuous, but irreversible, topological evolution in a domain of Pfaff Topological dimension 4, without the use of statistics.

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NonEquilibrium Systems and Irreversible Processes, Vol 4: Plasmas and NonEquilibrium Electrodynamics by Prof. Robert M. Kiehn Pages: 416 Publisher: Lulu Enterprises Year: 2004 / 2009 ISBN: 9781847281968 Websites: www.lulu.com/kiehn Read it now online Buy it now Description Adventures in Applied Topology..... The methods of continuous topological evolution can be used to encode non equilibrium electromagnetic systems, such as a plasma, and to decide if certain processes applied to such systems are Thermodynamnically irreversible or not. The methods do not make use of statistics or probability theory. Several fundamental and new topological features (especially that of Topological Torsion and Topological Spin) of electromagnetic systems  which can be used to design new devices and processes  are introduced. 
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NonEquilibirum Systems and Irreversible Processes, Vol 5: Topological Torsion and Macroscopic Spinors by Prof. Robert M. Kiehn Pages: 432 Publisher: Lulu Enterprises Year: 2008 Websites: www.lulu.com/kiehn Read it now online Buy it now Description Adventures in Applied Topology..... Nonequilibrium systems are of Pfaff topological dimension > 2. Contact manifolds of Pfaff dimension 3 and Symplectic manifolds of Pfaff dimension 4 have complex vectorial components as eigendirection fields of the 2form dA with zero quadratic form. They are Spinors, not classic vectors, and are the basis of topological fluctuations, dissipation, and irreveversibility. 
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NonEquilibirum Systems and Irreversible Processes, Vol 6: The Universal Effectiveness of Topological Thermodynamics by Prof. Robert M. Kiehn Publisher: Lulu Enterprises Year: 2009 Websites: www.lulu.com/kiehn 
(2012) Prof. Robert M. Kiehn (Absentia) Proceedings of the NPA, Volume 9, pp. 264265 2012, 19th Natural Philosophy Alliance Conference, Albuquerque, NM, United States 2012, A Topological Thermodynamic Basis for the Cosmological Aether, United States
(2012) Prof. Robert M. Kiehn (22 pages) 2012, A Topological Thermodynamic Basis for the Cosmological Aether, United States
