Adventures in Entropy


If ever there was a concept destined to be universally misunderstood, entropy must be it. Both as a word, and as an idea, entropy may be the most misused of all scientific notions. With luck, I will be able to do something about that.

I have written a few of my own webpages to deal with entropy, and hopefully to deal with it right. Entropy, as is usually the case in real science, has a foundation in both physics and mathematics. If one waters down this foundation for popular consumption, one runs the risk of telling a story that is just plain wrong. On the other hand, if one plays it up too much, the non mathematical or non scientific audience is lost in the woods. So I try to find that happy middle ground, and say enough about the mathematics & physics to be sure I am right, while trying at the same time, to make enough of what I say clear to the reader, such that your understanding will not be damaged by lack of articulation.

So, with this page as a front end, I will list my own pages, plus other resources laying around the WWW that I figure are worth looking at. Perhaps if my rendition doesn't work, somebody elses will. In either case, I hope that starting here, even the most difficult of students, can learn something real about entropy, and the thermodynamics that goes with it.


My Own Pages

Other Entropy places on the WWW


Tim Thompson's Home Page
The Collected Writings of Tim Thompson