Andrew Magrath (biggrumpy) wrote,
Andrew Magrath

The Second Law in Five Acts

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is nature's great tragedy, far out stripping any penned by man. Like all great tragedies, it is, at first, wholly unexpected and, at last, heart-wrenchingly inevitable. The curtain closing on a stage filled with nothing but loss: entropy takes it all in the end. It is all we can do but sit back and watch, breathless in our chairs, tears running freely down our cheeks, powerless. So next time you are out with friends, raise a solemn glass to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. For it is physics at its most tragic. Yet, in the affliction of the Second Law's there is something resolute, clean, flawless: a kind of beauty.

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