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Single Idea 22905

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / A. Classical Physics / 2. Thermodynamics / d. Entropy]

Full Idea

Systems move to a higher state of entropy …because there are very many more ways for a system to be disordered than for it to be ordered. …We can also say that they tend to move from a non-equilibrium state to an equilibrium state.

Gist of Idea

Becoming disordered is much easier for a system than becoming ordered


Adrian Bardon (Brief History of the Philosophy of Time [2013], 5 'Thermodynamic')

Book Reference

Bardon,Adrian: 'Brief History of the Philosophy of Time' [OUP 2013], p.114

A Reaction

Is it actually about order, or is it just that energy radiates, and thus disperses?

Related Ideas

Idea 5700 It is quicker to break things up than to assemble them [Lucretius]

Idea 22914 An equally good question would be why there was nothing instead of something [Bardon]