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Frontiers of the Second Law

Frontiers of the Second Law

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Meeting the Entropy Challenge. These nine panelists describe ways in which the Second Law of Thermodynamics can be stretched, or applied in less traditional ways. Adrian Bejan has constructed a law that "covers every configuration in physics, from animate, to inanimate, to us, the societal." Bejan demonstrates how his law describes and predicts the tree-shaped flow of all rivers, animal locomotion and human settlement distribution. With it, says Bejan, "thermodynamics becomes a science of systems with configuration…" Bjarne Andresen acknowledges "many fights about the Second Law," before declaring his belief that "entropy survives as a concept, and applies equally in the chemistry lab, to the quantum computer and to black holes." He discusses the... Show More


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