Physics Public Lecture

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‘Does Mr. Entropy need Phoenix Wright?’

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

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“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 the meantime, entropy has been given the sulphurous interpretation of ‘disorder’ and seems to be accountable for any observable disorder around us. In this lecture, we will try to put on the suit of the devil’s advocate and investigate whether…

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