A New Physics Theory of Climate
- Aug 29, 2018 8:13 pm GMT
The Dan Brown novel Origin postulates that entropy, the thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy to be converted into work, explains the existence of life in the universe.
Brown draws heavily on the work of MIT physicist Jeremy England who has shown how a statistical tendency of entropy to dissipate energy might foster self-replication.
As the Wired article, Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics points out, coffee cools down because nothing is heating it up, but England suggests that groups of atoms driven by external energy sources can behave differently. They tend to start tapping into those energy sources, aligning and rearranging so as to better absorb the energy and dissipate it as heat.
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