All Blog Posts Tagged 'entropy' (3)

The Last Question

I was just reminded of Robert Heinlein and his stories about a theocratic dictatorship in a future U.S., which got me to thinking about all those other writers from the so-called "golden age" of science fiction. Then I noticed a discussion elsewhere regarding the discovery of exo-planets. Then somehow Isaac Asimov's wonderful short story "The Last Question" came to mind. Considering it was written in 1956, one can forgive the portrayal of Multivac and the rather erroneous conjecture about the… Continue

Added by david perry on October 28, 2010 at 9:09pm — 1 Comment

Bad Thermodynamics: Information

A reader commented on my recent post about entropy, and asked how information and entropy are related. Creationists sometimes argue that information can't spontaneously increase because of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (they're wrong), and then they use that mistaken understanding to try and assert that evolution is impossible. I mentioned that issue briefly in my post, but left further elaboration for later. Well,… Continue

Added by Planetologist on February 11, 2009 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Bad thermodynamics: Entropy

Usually my blog entries comment on some specific news item, but in other cases I’m motivated not by a particular current event or pseudoscience eruption, but by student questions or offhand comments I hear that demonstrate and remind me of some example of common bad thinking. One such example is the dramatically wrong way thermodynamics - specifically the concept of entropy - is often depicted in the popular media, in particular by opponents of evolution by natural… Continue

Added by Planetologist on January 13, 2009 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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