Why Things Break - What Does Entropy Mean - - - - The Real Definition of Entropic Chaos
An alternate title would be:
What Is the Meaning of Entropy in Our Day-to-Day Lives - The Top 10 Ways Entropy Messes with Us
Editor's Note: If you are looking for the scientific or other more arcane definitions of entropy, then go here. If you are looking for a personal philosophy of entropy and how it is an integral part of our day-to-day reality, then you've found it.
Why things break...
What does entropy mean?
- Why do things break down? That's entropy.
- Why do things malfunction? That's entropy.
- Why are you obstructed in everything you try to do? That's entropy.
- Why is Murphy's Law so prevalent? That's entropy.
- Why are there a hundred times more mistakes than accomplishments? That's entropy.
- Why are there a hundred times more failures than successes? That's entropy.
[Editor's Note: For some readers, this page will be humorous. For other readers, this page will be serious. Both views are correct. And it should be noted there are more than 10 ways scattered around this page. Lucky us.]
Chaos and Entropy
The Universe - Entropy is the built-in randomness of reality
What does entropy mean to humanity? Whenever a human or humankind in general tries to create order, entropy immediately begins to disassemble it. This is why any man-made object will immediately begin to deteriorate upon its completion. It does not matter if it's a newly manufactured stick of gum or a newly-constructed, 100-story skyscraper; the result is always the same. Entropy immediately begins doing everything in its power to render it useless, broken-down, and of no value.
How Entropy Works and Why Things Break
Disorder and Entropy
"Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone." - Albert Einstein in The Evolution of Physics
One of entropy's favorite methods. With almost any physical item man creates, entropy will immediately start to change the object's chemical structure. In due course the object's chemical composition becomes such the object's original purpose is no longer viable; plain, ordinary rust being the most well known example.
Another favorite tool of entropy. Quite simply, entropy will keep pulling on each and every object until the object comes crashing down; no matter how long it takes. Entropy never quits.
Another tool of entropy. The more often used term for "friction" is "wear-and-tear". Every time an object is used, it is subjected to wear-and-tear. Sooner or later, the wear-and-tear renders the object no longer usable.
One of entropy's often used tools. This is where entropy uses one class of objects to destroy another class of objects. Probably the top categories of objects entropy uses to destroy other objects and entities are bacteria, viruses, and even plain, ordinary dust.
Otherwise known as an increase in temperature. For every degree increase in temperature, entropy aka decomposition aka deterioration aka destruction aka chaos begins to accelerate. A decrease of temperature to .01 degrees Kelvin is minimum entropy. An increase of temperature to x millions/billions degrees is maximum entropy.
Combining the above is also an entropic standard procedure. Entropy really likes this method because it accelerates the disassembly, usually logarithmically. The best example is where friction generates heat, which causes expansion, which causes more friction, which causes more heat, ad infinitum; the inevitable and sometimes quick result being the destruction of the victim object.
Another often overlooked tool of entropy. Aside from the inherent cross-purposes designed into what we perceive as nature; we tend to forget humans are also a part of the same construct. So much so that humans are at cross-purposes more often than they are at equilibrium. The more disagreement, the more entropy. Taken to extreme, there is much more entropy during war than peace.
Chaos and Entropy
Entropy's Favorite Tool of All...
Randomness can otherwise be defined as thermodynamics and/or quantum physics. The only difference between the two is the size of the objects entropy uses as its tools.
In the case of thermodynamics, entropy uses atoms and molecules as it's implementer.
In the case of quantum physics, entropy uses subatomic particles.
In both cases, whether they be molecules, atoms, or subatomic particles; the little critters immediately start randomly wandering around and going places where we don't want them to go.
Entropy uses this tool when it just wants to have fun...
Two cars arriving at an intersection at the same time is an example of this.
And then there are the asteroids, very large meteors, etc.... They can and do intersect Earth's orbit every now and again. And, of course, sooner or later Earth is just going to happen to be there...
Probability is really just an attempt to understand the aforementioned category of randomness; with the additional factor of randomness using the much larger objects along with the smaller ones.
Entropy is the Opposite of Order
Entropy is change, invariably for the worse. Entropy is constant. The proverb, "Change is constant", is true. Entropy is the antithesis and enemy of order. Energy and matter are in constant flux. Entropy's favorite concepts, quite simply, are: decomposition, destruction, and chaos.
How does one compensate for and accept entropy? Keeping the following premises in mind will help:
- Nothing lasts forever.
- The universe doesn't care.
Entropy takes it all whether you want it to or not, entropy takes it all. Entropy bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness.*
Have a nice day.
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