Bad Thermodynamics June 11, 2016Posted by geoff in News.
Was perusing the Saturday posts at Ace’s, when I came across this abominable statement:
I have been thinking about entropy lately. Apparently, the laws of thermodynamics have been revised to suggest that order can appear from disorder but I am not seeing it, personally.
I, who have taken too many courses in thermodynamics, was stunned to hear that the laws of thermodynamics had been revised, with the addition of a new law: The Law of Maximum Entropy Production.
So I hastened to read about this major revision to the venerable science of thermodynamics, and what did I find?
It’s all hooey.
The fellow who developed this new law has no science or engineering training: his greatest claim to fame is having created Wendy O. and the Plasmatics back in the 80’s. He has self-promoted his theory by sockpuppeting all over the internet, and now we find it appearing at a very smart military blog (ancient media reference to AoSHQ).
So please don’t buy into it.