JosephBackground

Joseph was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School. He developed a diverse group of academic and extracurricular interests from a young age. Outside of the classroom he loves to ski and visit the mountains. He has a passion for writing, science, and technology.

Work

Unable to settle on any of the prescribed majors at UVA, Joseph decided to craft his own course of study. Having experience in higher-level courses in the Chemistry, Religious Studies, Economics, and Commerce departments, it was initially difficult to conceive a single direction for his major. However, a two month trip to the far east following his second year provided a different perspective, and with it inspiration for a major. He crafted a major entitled “Thermoeconomics” that seeks to investigate some presuppositions about the American conception of economic growth. Specifically, the major strives to apply the first two laws of thermodynamics to the global macro-economy. Questions under investigation include whether there is a global carrying capacity for economic growth, and whether the recent trend of continuously increasing economic growth is a sustainable phenomenon.

Transduction Themes

Transduction is critical to Joseph’s work because of the disparate nature of the fields that he is attempting to bring together. In fact, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen made attempts in the 1970’s to unify thermodynamics and economics with his book The Entropy Law and the Economic Process. However, while the book offered stirring insights, mainstream economists largely panned it. A more complete understanding of the interactions of multiple fields could help expand on Georgescu-Roegen’s work, and provide more practical theories. The energies that can be analyzed are the forces of international markets and the laws that govern the transfer and dissipation of heat and energy. The human interfaces would be central banks and global markets that are concerned with controlling the potential growth figures for their country. Mapping could include a study of the interaction between Joseph’s foreign travel, science courses, and economic studies.

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