Until Tuesday, Occupy Wall Street seemed, at least from the outside, to be entering a stage of entropy.
It is an entropy of history itself, slowly decaying into chaotic repetition.
Fully illustrated and containing eighteen tables, including an entropy chart.
Anyone who prophesies doom has a hundred per cent chance of ultimately being right, if only because of entropy.
The entropy shift must be just right or we'll find ourselves with Hitle and his gang.
entropy, en′trop-i, n. a term in physics signifying 'the available energy.'
The summation is defined as the increase in entropy between the initial and the final states.
When divided by that temperature the quotient gives the increase of entropy.
All organic life and movement must cease when this maximum of entropy has been reached.
The reader is therefore warned that the proper way to say it is, "the entropy of the universe tends to a maximum."
entropy en·tro·py (ěn'trə-pē)
n.
For a closed thermodynamic system, a quantitative measure of the amount of thermal energy not available to do work.
A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system.
entropy A measure of the amount of energy in a physical system not available to do work. As a physical system becomes more disordered, and its energy becomes more evenly distributed, that energy becomes less able to do work. For example, a car rolling along a road has kinetic energy that could do work (by carrying or colliding with something, for example); as friction slows it down and its energy is distributed to its surroundings as heat, it loses this ability. The amount of entropy is often thought of as the amount of disorder in a system. See also heat death. |
A measure of the disorder of any system, or of the unavailability of its heat energy for work. One way of stating the second law of thermodynamics — the principle that heat will not flow from a cold to a hot object spontaneously — is to say that the entropy of an isolated system can, at best, remain the same and will increase for most systems. Thus, the overall disorder of an isolated system must increase.
Note: Entropy is often used loosely to refer to the breakdown or disorganization of any system: “The committee meeting did nothing but increase the entropy.”
Note: In the nineteenth century, a popular scientific notion suggested that entropy was gradually increasing, and therefore the universe was running down and eventually all motion would cease. When people realized that this would not happen for billions of years, if it happened at all, concern about this notion generally disappeared.