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**

- Definitions of Entropy

Entropy defined, in classical thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory. - The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

As the title implies, a defintion of the 2nd law of thermodynamics. We look at the 2nd law from both a classical and statistical view, and introduce the concept of a*phase space*. - Entropy and the 2nd Law in Open Systems

A short look at how the 2nd law, defined for closed systems in equilibrium, can be used on systems which do not meet these fundamental criteria.

**Other Entropy places on the WWW**

- Entropy on the World Wide Web

Originally created by University of Washington mathematician Chris Hillmann, now maintained by University of Pennsylvania mathematician Roland Gunesch. An index of WWW sites that deal with entropy. A good place to look around. - The Page of Entropy

Maintained by Dave Slaven, physics teacher at Saginaw Valley State University. Another collection of pages similar to mine, but with a different approach, which try to explain entropy and the 2nd law of thermodynamics. - SecondLaw.Com

Hosted by Frank Lambert, Professor Emeritus from Occidental College in Los Angeles. A general description of the 2nd law. - Note on Entropy, Disorder,
and Disorganization

By chemist Kenneth Denbigh, visiting research fellow, King's College, London. A detailed, and sometimes technical note, on the true relationship between the titled quantities, entropy, disorder, and disorgnization. Specifically directed against the argument that there may be a conflict between the 2nd law of thermodynamics and biological evolution. - Entropy, God and Evolution

by Canadian physicist Doug Craigen. Another look at the fallacious equation of entropy as disorder, and how it relates to arguments on biological evolution.

Tim Thompson's Home Page

The Collected Writings of Tim Thompson