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The ecologist H. T. Odum introduced a principle of physics, called Maximum Empower, in order to explain self-organization in a system (e.g. physical, biological, social, economical, mathematical, ...). The concept of empower relies on emergy, which is a second notion introduced by Odum for comparing energy systems on the same basis. The roots of these notions trace back to the 50's (with the work of H. T. Odum and R. C. Pinkerton) and is becoming now an important sustainability indicator in thearXiv:1802.05974v1 fatcat:znnpmsjlc5bnvfnm6nwtzhxleu