second law of thermodynamics


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second law of thermodynamics

[′sek·ənd ′lȯ əv ‚thər·mə·dī′nam·iks]
(thermodynamics)
A general statement of the idea that there is a preferred direction for any process; there are many equivalent statements of the law, the best known being those of Clausius and of Kelvin.
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However, according to a colleague who has done extensive work on the issue--none of the major climate models explicitly incorporate the second law of thermodynamics.
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And another: "According to the second law of thermodynamics, energy transformations result in the universe becoming more disordered.
The Universe is heading in this direction, according to the second law of thermodynamics.
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Entitled "The Two Cultures", it warned of the growing gulf between scientists and "literary intellectuals", a class he described as "natural Luddites" who not only sneered at science as an inferior branch of learning and were ignorant of the Second Law of Thermodynamics but in their complacent uninterest in the scientific revolution were blind to the menaces of nuclear weapons, overpopulation and the gap between the rich and poor.
This is the Second Law of Thermodynamics, a law, which no one can ever change.
In this instance, the second law of thermodynamics - the so-called entropy law - invalidates any notion of a perpetual motion machine because of the inbuilt propensity towards chaos that is inherent in the structure of our universe.
ONE of the few scientific facts I can easily remember, apart from the theory of relativity and Boyle's second law of thermodynamics (naturally), is that nearly half of your body heat is lost through your head.
I hope to show that all information in the universe is created by a single process, the only one capable of generating and maintaining information against the dreaded second law of thermodynamics, which describes the irresistible increase in disorder or entropy.
The second law of thermodynamics tells us that terrestrial systems cannot be reset like a clock running a few minutes fast; once the time reads two minutes to midnight, the relative security of quarter 'til is gone forever.
In this paper, we introduce the basic concepts of EIT, namely, the idea of the fluxes as independent variables of the entropy and entropy flux, and the procedure to obtain their evolution equations, which provide generalized transport equations obeying the second law of thermodynamics.

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