Brian Cox, entropy and sandcastles

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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The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Shakespeare

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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?’”

C.P. Snow

(via Brain Pickings and Explore)

Big Red Button

On Sunday I was part of a scientific experiment! I mean I was a passenger on a scientific experiment. Said experiment is an electric vehicle M. is working on. I cannot be more specific, it’s a secret experiment! Ehm, actually I cannot be more specific, because I don’t know how to be more specific.

Anyway, while riding on this futuristic electric vehicle, this red button caught my attention.

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I asked what happens when you push it, and basically what happens is that the power is switched off.

So I made sure to stay away from the red button, even though I kept thinking about Peter Griffin in this episode of Family Guy:

Then yesterday I saw this video and I thought “When you push the red button, this should happen!”.

a tulip is a tulip is a tulip

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A rose is a rose, and a tulip is a tulip.

They’re three now. Out of the five I’ve planted. They’re quite nice, even though in this picture they look like they’re in a cage. Well, probably a balcony is a kind of cage to them…for sure they would prefer to be in an open field.

Anyway, I’m taking good care of them and they’re giving a touch of beauty to my balcony.

And a touch of science too. 😉