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2,429. The law that entropy always increases, holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations – then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation – well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation. (Science & Entropy & Nature & Theory & Laws) Arthur Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World 1928
2,860. Everything disperses. Collapse into disorder is the spring of the universe. (Universe & Entropy) Professor Peter Atkins, Oxford University, Horizon: What is One Degree?
5,626. The energy itself becomes less and less useful – it becomes ever more disordered. (Life & Energy & Entropy) Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of Life I: What is Life? BBC 2013
5,627. This descent into disorder is happening across the entire universe. (Life & Entropy) ibid.
71,429. The second law of thermo-dynamics ... Entropy ... Entropy always increases because it is always more likely. (Entropy & Time & Laws) Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of the Universe: Destiny 1/4 BBC 2011
5,844. Entropy is a measure of disorder. (Evolution & Entropy & Humanity) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man: World Within World 10/13
71,430. The turn of the century raises expectations. The end of the millennium promises apocalypse and revelation. But at the close of the twentieth century the golden age seems behind us, not ahead. The end game of the 1990s promises neither nirvana nor Armageddon, but entropy. (Entropy & Future) Robert Hewison, Future Tense 1990
71,431. Only entropy comes easy. Anton Chekhov
71,432. Entropy theory is indeed a first attempt to deal with global form; but it has not been dealing with structure. All it says is that a large sum of elements may have properties not found in a smaller sample of them. Rudolf Arnheim, In Entropy and Art: An Essay on Disorder and Order 1974
71,433. I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came, and went – and came, and brought no day. (Entropy & Darkness) Lord Byron, Darkness
71,434. Just as the constant increase of entropy is the basic law of the universe, so it is the basic law of life to be ever more highly structured and to struggle against entropy. (Entropy & Laws) Václav Havel
71,435. The total disorder in the universe, as measured by the quantity that physicists call entropy, increases steadily as we go from past to future. On the other hand, the total order in the universe, as measured by the complexity and permanence of organized structures, also increases steadily as we go from past to future. (Entropy & Laws) Freeman Dyson
71,436. Thus the device by which an organism maintains itself stationary at a fairly high level of orderliness (= fairly low level of entropy) really consists in continually sucking orderliness from its environment. (Entropy & Laws) Erwin Schrödinger, What is Life?
96,076. The second law of thermodynamics: it states that the entropy of an isolated system always increases, and that when two systems are joined together, the entropy of the combined system is greater than the sum of the entropies of the individual systems. (Entropy & Laws) Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time p112
96,086. The increase of disorder or entropy with time is one example of what is called the arrow of time, something that distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time. (Entropy & Time) ibid. p161
115,660. The end of life: it’s a reality that terrifies us and motivates us. Now cutting edge science embarks on a bold mission to extend human life … Will death remain inevitable or can we live for ever? (Universe & Life & Death & Immortality & Entropy) Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole s2e9, Can We Live For Ever?
115,661. Anything and everything in the universe has the tendency to go from order to disorder … Nothing is immune to the power of entropy. (Universe & Life & Death & Immortality & Entropy) ibid.
9,372. Death is our ultimate destination: a place from which no-one ever returns. But what if death wasn’t the end? (Death & Immortality & Entropy) Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole s3e6, Can We Resurrect the Dead?
9,373. What if we could grow the dead back to life? ... Can we cultivate a garden of resurrected humans? (Death & Immortality & Entropy) ibid.