In this week's Ask a Physicist, we're going to go old school and do some thermodynamics. I'll explore why disorder is such a big deal and whether it might explain the mysteries of how time works.
Photo by Jef Safi.
In our bi-weekly "Ask a Physicist" chats, I know we normally do cosmology, relativity, quantum mechanics, particle physics and whatnot, but I thought it'd be a nice change of pace to hit the 19th century for some good old-fashioned thermodynamics. Don't give me that face! Thermodynamics made the industrial revolution possible, and will ultimately be responsible for the death of the universe. I think it's earned your respect.