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Entropy Is Simple
If We Avoid the Briar Patches!
and the second law of thermodynamics
are the most
important scientific concepts to anyone
wants to understand how the world works.
They're both simple, if expressed in plain English without briars like
#1. Writers who are not scientists or who are joking mathematicians.
#2. "Isolated systems" instead of our open system of earth and sun
#3. Misleading statements like "Entropy is disorder" (It isn't disorder!)
#4. Messy desks -- erroneous examples of an increase in entropy
The second law of thermodynamics is our "greatest good but it's also our "baddest bad".
Everything we do …and everything good in nature …
is ultimately possible because of the second law’s relation to the sun--
but so are death, the violence of car accidents and hurricanes!