second law of thermodynamics


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Noun1.second law of thermodynamics - a law stating that mechanical work can be derived from a body only when that body interacts with another at a lower temperature; any spontaneous process results in an increase of entropy
law of thermodynamics - (physics) a law governing the relations between states of energy in a closed system
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"This is the second machine to successfully contradict the second law of thermodynamics and defy rules of physics as the world has known them," Fayaz added.After appointing Fayaz as the Minister for Science and Technology, the government has decided to make him supervise Pakistan's nuclear arsenal along with nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has loudly backed the water-fueled airplane.
In an experiment using electrons and quantum mechanics, researchers say results have apparently defied the second law of thermodynamics, which governs the direction of "time's arrow" from past to future.
In a Doctor Who-style experiment, researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology defied the second law of thermodynamics, which governs the direction of 'time's arrow' from past to future.
scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics." The divide seems more deeply entrenched than ever, Lachman writes, driven by populism and economic disparity in an increasingly technological world.
The discovery brings about major change and development as significant such those by the Pythagorean theorem, the second law of thermodynamics and other great equations.
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The author covers the various definitions of entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, interpretations and misinterpretations of entropy, applications and misapplications of entropy, and a wide variety of other related subjects over the course of the bookAEs three chapters.
One example is Romanian-American mathematician, statistician, and economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, who recommends an economic outlook based on physics' second law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of entropy.
"The key to managing a project over the long-term is two-fold--know where we are headed so one can continue to construct complexity in the desired direction, and know where we are not headed so as to prevent the second law of thermodynamics from creeping in and creating heat and entropy that does not further purposeful motion."
A second issue has to do with the second law of thermodynamics involving the quantity known as "entropy." As any physics student can tell you, the three laws of thermodynamics amusingly can be summarized as: you cannot win; you cannot break even; and you cannot get out of the game.

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