|Entropy||by: Miles Mathis|
First written March 2005
"Entropy" is one of those scientific words, along with "relativity", "infinity", and "field", that has acquired an extraordinary amount of baggage since its initial defining.
- So many non-scientific and pseudo-scientific concepts have been attached to it that it would be almost unrecognizable to the early pioneers of heat theory.
In the beginning, entropy was just defined as a relation between heat and temperature, using the equation
- That is, it was mainly a measurement of heat change.
- It is a fancy way of saying that heat always dissipates, or moves from a hot region to a cold region.
On the molecular level, this is just to say that motion tends to dissipate — since heat is molecular motion.
- And this in turn is just a fancy way of saying that molecules tend to move from where they are to where they aren’t.
- Not a deeply philosophical issue.
- It is straight statistics. Molecules move into cooler areas because cooler areas have more space.
- Statistically, they are more likely to go there simply because there are more potential pathways.
|Preface: The Greatest Standing Errors in Physics and Mathematics||by: Miles Mathis|
It has been known for millennia that the Earth rests upon the back of a giant turtle. Only in recent centuries has this knowledge been added to.
In 1794, in one of the high valleys of the Himalayas, one of the wise was asked,
“Master, what does the turtle rest upon?”
The Master answered:
“It is turtles all the way down, my son.”
But now that scientists have finally succeeded in mapping the universe, a turtle controversy has arisen.
■ It turns out that level 7,484,912 is occupied not by a turtle, but by a man
dressed as a turtle.
■ It is not known how this will affect our other equations.
|(You probably aren't used to having a book
on science and math open with a joke.)