We obtained mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) National Vital Statistics System for the years 1999-2009 and identified records representing heat deaths
based on International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10; www.who.int /classifications/icd/icdonlineversions/en/), external cause codes.
Don't worry about the proliferation of screens, the proliferation of superheroes, the proliferations of regulations or the proliferation of bootlegging; endless proliferation of the same ol' same ol' may be a sign of cultural heat death
, but it's only in the face of that limit that creation happens.
What about the heat death
that is every day, when his breath and his
Using excerpts from Thompson, Swinburne, and Stewart and Lockyer, Appendix D on "Heat Death
, Entropy, and Time" connects the form of the novel and Conrad's own "attack on time" to contemporary concerns about entropy and heat death
, which themselves evoke the discourse on the decline of Victorian ideals and degeneration.
Thus, when two eminent physicists published their startling discovery that the entire universe is 100 times closer to a phenomenon known as "Universal Heat Death
," certain Hiz-and-Her-Honorz in Congress commenced skittering in panic like mice on a polished marble floor!
In the picture he sketches, each universe grows old and boring in line with the classical idea of heat death
, but in its dotage it can spawn baby universes that start with low entropy and live through an exciting phase of growth and activity before becoming boring themselves, so continuing the cycle.
The nursery rhyme alluded to by the title and echoed in one of the story titles, "Ashes Ashes We All Fall Down," sets the tone for the entropic movement toward heat death
suggested in these stories.
This process cannot have gone on eternally, because it would culminate in the eventual "heat death
" of the universe in some finite amount of time (barring the oscillating universe mythology that belongs somewhere beyond science fiction).
effects of extreme heat, heat death
tolls will dwarf current annual
But until the universe falls into some sort of gravy-like entropic heat death
, things outside of our control will continue to change, so there isn't a whole lot of choice--assuming we want to avoid eternal broasting.
The Heat Death
of the Universe won't happen tomorrow, and I'll take Wes Jackson's 10,000 years for want of a longer term.
This picture of artistic heat death
is only this observer's fantasy, but it opens a pathway of interpretation into the domain of Thanatos, which has become the central subject of Le Va's work.