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Dan Styer (Oberlin College)

Date: Thu. January 23rd, 2020, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Location: Rockefeller 301

Entropy as Disorder: History of a Misconception 

How did entropy morph from a quantifiable entity for finding the peak efficiency of a heat engine, into a synonym for “disorder”, and then into a catch-all name for anything bad?¬† Henry Adams (grandson of John Quincy Adams) plays a prominent role in this improbable story.

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