Evolution of Physics Class: The Second Law of Thermodynamics

In the next class, June 22 at 2:30 PM EDT, we will be talking about the origins of the second law of thermodynamics and the controversies this set off, which continue to today. Zoom link below.

Here are the initial readings. There are two more that we must send as attachments, so register early to get them. We realize the history of entropy is too mathematical and far from clear, but that is part of the problem with the 2nd law we will be discussing. With the Kelvin reference, equations can be skipped without missing the meaning. We suggest you start with entropy-Darwin to get the context of the evolution of physics in this period.

https://zapatopi.net/kelvin/papers/on_the_age_of_the_suns_heat.html

https://www.chemeurope.com/en/encyclopedia/History_of_entropy.html

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctde-srTIvHdwJQqNqyRF0b0mdW79EiMQl

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