The quote in my previous post mentioned the second law of thermodynamics. Though I had studied something about it in high school, I didn’t (and don’t!) remember anything about it. So I asked M. He is the scientist of the family after all. Well, he wasn’t very helpful! He remembered something about entropy, but not much more.
Good thing I found another Brain Pickings’ post with Brian Cox explaining entropy. Oh, Brian Cox!
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“A good many times I have been presented at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: ‘Have you ever read a work of Shakespeare’s?’”
(via Brain Pickings and Explore)