Linear thermodynamics, established by L. ONSAGER in 1931, apply to equilibrium systems, in which the flows are proportional to the forces in a linear way.
From this starting point did PRIGOGINE derive his minimum entropy production theorem (in open systems).
In such systems, entropy production tends to a stable level compatible with the degree of organization of the system (More organized systems produce more entropy, but "export" it to their environment).
The theoretical state of thermodynamic equilibrium is the final limit of linear thermodynamics, when forces and flows vanish.
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