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September 24, 2007

Milivoje Kostic

Professor Milivoje Kostic of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has contributed two articles as an invited author for a three-volume “Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology,” published recently by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, a renowned publisher of scientific and technical information products.

The first article, “Energy: Global and Historical Background,” presents a global and historical overview of energy use with emphasis on energy diversity and universality. It also provides a vision for energy future sustainability in the post-fossil fuel era, which represents only a blip on the human-history radar screen.

The second Kostic article, “Physics of Energy,” elaborates on the concepts of energy as “the building block” and fundamental property of, and indivisible from, matter and space – thus the fundamental property of existence. Furthermore, energy exchanges or transfers are associated with all processes (or changes), thus indivisible from time.

More information is available at CRC Press or

Kostic, whose interest and expertise is in thermodynamics and fluid/thermal/energy area, previously contributed in 2004 a fundamental article, “Work, Power, and Energy” to the six-volume “Encyclopedia of Energy.” Published by Elsevier/Academic Press, it was the first encyclopedia ever published on the entire field of energy.