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A revolving collection of photos and graphics which are intended to capture/suggest the main themes and issues treated here.


RUA top web page

To get full value from this somewhat ambitious web platform, we invite first-time visitors to spend a few minutes to work their way along the top menu from left to right to get a feeling for how each of these main sections works.  Taking them in order.

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Who is reading “Ayres on . . .” and where

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This site has been pretty passive since first broad on line in alpha form in late 2014, not much happening and basically waiting for a better day (today!). Nonetheless, over four thousand visitors dropped in during this basically self-driving period, coming from some ninety countries on all continents.

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old typewriter UnderwoodInvited articles, reviews, challenges and longer comments by concerned readers and others with a strong interests in the subjects treated here.

An op-ed (originally short for “opposite the editorial page”, latterly “opinion editorial”) is a piece typically published by newspapers, magazines, and the like which expresses the opinions of a named author usually not affiliated with the publication’s editorial board.

The Op-eds that you find in these pages have been solicited or chosen to the extent that they help us look at our targeted issues from a variety of perspectives. We might have called them, mind food.

What is Exernomics?

Exernomics is a concatenation of two words, economics and exergy. Economics is a discipline, with scientific aspirations, concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in human society. It is also concerned with markets, trade and prices. It has been called “the dismal science” (by Thomas Carlyle), because of the Malthusian argument (c. 1799) that human population will always grow faster than food supply, whence the future of mankind was destined to be constrained by poverty and starvation. That didn’t happen during the following two centuries. So, in recent years Malthus has become an object of derision by mainstream economists, who have adopted a contrary doctrine of perpetual growth driven by unending innovation and substitution.

But the mainstream has ignored the fact that one resource has no substitute. It is “useful energy” or – in techno-speak – exergy.

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Curriculum Vitae


Born: Plainfield, New Jersey, June 29, 1932
Wife: Leslie W. Ayres
Citizen: U. S.

University of Chicago 1950-1954, BA (1952), BS (1954), graduated in Mathematics (Physics minor), cum laude.
University of Maryland, 1954-1956, MS in Physics, thesis on the structure of solid rare gases.
University of London, Kings College, 1956-1958, PhD in Mathematical Physics, thesis on a variational approach to the many-body problem (quantum statistics).

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