The Genesis of the Constructual Law as a Scientific Revolution

Ka Cheong Chun

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This paper uncovers the genesis of a scientist’s discovery of the constructal law as a scientific revolution from its fermentation to the official formulation. Exploring different models of creative discovery, I reconstruct Bejan’s discovery process, documented in his two books, as a case study. I conclude that it is illuminative to decipher the subjective dimension that underlies the objective formulation of the law, where something crucial, called the chance-constraint, can be identified, which has been activated in Bejan’s personal history long before the scientific law was officially formulated by him.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Romanian Academy
Subtitle of host publicationSpecial Issue
PublisherPublishing House of the Romanian Academy
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Adrian Bejan
  • Constructual Law
  • scientific revolution
  • psychology of scientific discovery
  • Dean Simonton


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