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A SYSTEM IN EQUIPOISE
 

A SYSTEM IN EQUIPOISE

The days of goldfish swimming in endless circles in a glass bowl are long past. Today, an aquarium is something much more sophisticated: we are able to reconstruct Nature in microcosm, which requires the maintenance of a constant equilibrium. Nature, if not disturbed by some cataclysmic imbalance, obeys a finite set of laws. As aquarists, we need to understand these laws and reproduce them on a smaller scale, where the density of animals and plants is considerably higher. Everything that takes place within this mini-universe is under our control - up to a point. The final, inviolable law is that conditions in the aquarium must always approach those found in Nature. If not, the ecosystem will break down, spelling disaster.


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ЛИФШИЦ Илья Михайлович (1916/17-82) , российский физик-теоретик, основатель научной школы по физике твердого тела, академик АН СССР (1970) и АН Украины (1967). Брат Е. М. Лифшица. Основные труды по квантовой теории твердого тела, электронной теории металлов, физической кинетике, физике полимеров и др. Ленинская премия. (1967).