Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Nature Hates A Gradient

Mother Nature must always deal with a gradient. She can't stand to have one. A temperature difference will be dealt with by heat flowing from a hot end of a rod to the cold end. A high pressure area will do what it can to travel to a low pressure area. The same applies to energy levels, voltage, or any other natural phenomenon. This being said, I am wondering if the advent of life on this globe was inevitable and not a random event at all. Perhaps DNA is so logical it would have to happen on other worlds that are presented with the same forces that this planet faces. This is just a thought and I wonder if this thinking is addressed anywhere out there.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

S = k log W

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Was the Shmoo Al Capp's view of Entropy?

Back in the 1950's the shmoo was very popular. Al Capp pictured the shmoo as something that multiplied all the faster if you tried to get rid of them. Was this Al Capp's way of telling us he had a handle on entropy? He is still a hero of mine.


If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.


The above quote introduces chapter four of the book, "Into the Cool", by Eric D. Schneider and Dorion Sagan. I love this book because it focuses on nonequilibrium thermodynamics to show evolution and thermodynamics as part of a single stream. If you love nature and accept that truth is forever changing, take a look: