Chai and Shoji 1 claim to themselves the credit for introducing a new theory of “self-organized growth processes from small to large caused by interactions among sub-systems”, as they point out in the Concluding Remarks section of their paper. In the same section they also write: “In reality, the present investigation introduced new ideas of exploring the theories of complex systems. The present investigation not only provide clear physical picture, but also are based on firm theoretical foundation. The new theory of complex system presented here significantly wins the advantage over the traditional theory”. Although the authors have cited on the last page of their paper two references from Bejan 2,3, they did not state that the theory comes from Bejan, and that it is called constructal theory.

The authors deserve credit for using an existing theory for approaching a problem on boiling (not for the first...

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