Tuesday, July 14, 2009

100 words on Heat death of the universe

I was clicking and landed on the coolest-sounding Wikipedia page: Heat death of the universe. It explains in its coy dry Wiki way that this would be when the pervasive engine of the universe would run down, when no more energy is transferred and thereby all life (including everything non-living) is thereby unsustainable. The universe will become Nietzche’s last man, for whom nothing great is possible, apathetic, incapable of dreams because finality had been achieved. The universe will be a man standing alone in a universe that is himself that no longer functionally exists. Or something like that. Cool, though.

(image of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (or Lord Kelvin), the happy fellow that came up with the concept of heat death of the universe, as well as helping to quantify absolute zero, which I found myself trying to explain the other day)

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