Indices III.

How general are the notions relating to the indices of stability?

They are among the most general notions of science. The reason for this is that a system can only exist if its indices of stability bear a positive sign.

This alters Hegel’s well-known axiom to the following: ONLY QUANTITATIVE CHANGES REVERSING A SYSTEM’S INDICIES OF STABILITY TO CHANGE THE SIGN OF THE SYSTEM’S INDICES RESULT IN A QUALITATIVE CHANGE.

This statement is only seemingly contradicted by such facts that for example objects made of glass do not perish for thousands of years, although glass as an overcooled liquid is unstable, or that living things too can survive for as long as thousands of years, even though every living thing is an unstable system. Seemingly, for in the case of glass it is the extremely high level of viscosity that prevents crystallization, which in actual fact provides the system with stability reserves. As long as it is not overcome by some effect, that is, the stability reserves are not used up by that effect, the system will not be transformed. It is similar with living things. In a simplification, as long as a living thing is able to make up for losses through a constant intake of substances and energy, it will survive.

Dr. Endre Simonyi