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Does a messy bedroom have a higher entropy than a tidy one?

Dr. Fabien Paillusson

School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln

Wednesday 27th April 2016

at 3.30 pm in  ENG207 Lecture Theatre

 Engineering Hub, Brayford Pool Campus, University of Lincoln

Blame_It_On_Entropy_New_Yorker“I blame entropy”-New Yorker cartoon

Entropy is one of the most fascinating concepts introduced in physics in the last two centuries. Keeping track of its value enables one to discriminate past events from future ones or, in other words, to keep an eye on the so-called “arrow of time”. This unique feature comes at the cost of the notorious difficulty to grasp what entropy is all about or what it actually measures.

In this lecture, we will progressively lift the veil of mystery surrounding entropy as we explore various proposals that have been made about its fundamental nature. In particular, we will inspect more closely the idea that…

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