Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Add this page to Blinklist Add this page to Add this page to Digg Add this page to Facebook Add this page to Furl Add this page to Google Add this page to Ma.Gnolia Add this page to Newsvine Add this page to Reddit Add this page to StumbleUpon Add this page to Technorati Add this page to Yahoo

ideas have consequences

You are here:Home>>Strategic Research & Analysis>>Elon Musk’s Ingenuity – A justification for Scientific and knowledge based capitalism
Saturday, 09 November 2013 13:23

Elon Musk’s Ingenuity – A justification for Scientific and knowledge based capitalism

Written by Emeka Chiakwelu

Elon Musk is beyond a genius, he is a deliberate scientist and capitalist that uses his scientific breakthroughs for knowledge based capitalism. His ubiquitous comprehension of the practicality and tinkering of First Law of Thermodynamics and its implementation became the vessel for transformation of a given matter which ultimately distinguished him from rest of other scientific innovators.   His critical scientific breakthroughs can be used immediately for wealth creation and enhancement of knowledge capitalism. More or less Musk is pragmatic scientist and capitalist that rejects destructive capitalism for a renewal and knowledge based capitalism.


As I aforementioned, his understanding of Thermodynamics laws, logic and application especially the taming of entropy and disorder of second law of Thermodynamics made his innovative abilities and innovations a special gift to knowledge based capitalism.


It is essential that a rudimentary clarification of thermodynamics is made for those who have not been exposed to this area of science for understanding of this topical article.


According to Wikipedia, “The first law of thermodynamics is a version of the law of conservation of energy, adapted for thermodynamic systems. The law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system is constant; energy can be transformed from one form to another, but cannot be created or destroyed.”


It is further emphasized that,” The first law of thermodynamics recognizes a particular form of energy called internal energy. It is often formulated by stating that the change in the internal energy of a closed system is equal to the amount of heat supplied to the system, minus the amount of work derived from the system. It is also often formulated by stating that when a closed system has a change of state, and its internal energy is changed only by work and not by heat transfer, then the net amount of work transferred is the same for all arrangements of work transfer that are possible for that change of state. Also, when two systems, open to each other for transfer of matter and energy, interact but are otherwise isolated, then the sum of their internal energies does not change.”


President Obama and Musk


Musk is a scientific and innovative capitalist that uses subsequent scientific knowledge gained via innovations and research for immediate wealth creation. For instance in his Space X , he transformed space technology from a capitalistic perspective, which makes it possible for the tendered or given service to be readily  available to the ultimate and final consumer. Musk may not have invented space technology but he used his creative and innovative ability to transform the industry and making it available to a consumer at more convenient price.  And this is precise what he has done in every area of human and scientific endeavors he has journeyed into. He will grapple with a particular industry or invention; transform it for the market place.


The creative ability to put order on the given entropy makes it possible for innovation to become imminent.  The profound commitment rendered to achieve the given task is one of the strong and durable qualities of Elon Musk.  One of his greatest strength is his ability to be consistent in his commitment to a project, a vision and a particular venture distinguishing him from most other entrepreneurs.  Musk has the ability to stay put in a project until an optimum condition becomes possible, such a rare quality makes it possible for him to excel in most of the tasks he set for himself.


The interesting part of Musk’s scientific endeavor is its trans-formative capabilities. The superseding ability to utilize an invention with an outlined innovation to make a sustainable headway in transforming a given task is his propelling force. Take for instance his initial inventions like PayPal a revolutionized money transfer service has done a whole lot in making business transactions and payment much easier, faster and reliable.


The mastery of the control of a given entropy or universal disorder of a given task is the greatest strength of Elon Musk.  The second law of thermodynamics postulates that the given”entropy of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems spontaneously evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium—the state of maximum entropy. ” In bringing order to given entropy makes it possible for an invention to come out of logic and specificity.


About Elon Musk:

The South African born inventor and billionaire is the co-founder of PayPal, the quick money transfer service. Also he is the founder of SpaceX, the space technology company that lunch rockets to the space and Telsa Motors which fabricates electric vehicles. Elon Musk was the AFRIPOL person of the year 2011.



Emeka  ChiakweluEmeka   Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL. His works have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes and many other important journals around the world. His writings have also been cited in many economic books, publications and many institutions of higher learning including tagteam Harvard Education.,     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last modified on Monday, 13 January 2014 22:20

Add comment