The Natural Philosophy of Entropy


S.N. Salthe

Biological Sciences

Binghamton University

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Deposit, New York, USA 13754


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This paper attempts to answer two questions: (1) why is there anything at all; and (2)why are there so many kinds of things? The first is explained by the fact that the universal expansion following the big bang accelerated so fast that the universe went out of global equilibrium. Matter precipitated from energy, and its clumping placed equilibrium even further from realization. This situation gave rise to the second law of thermodynamics. Since equilibration can be fostered by energy gradient destruction, and since form can catalyze gradient destruction, entrainment of a diversity of forms can be explained as the universe=s mode of working toward global equilibrium in many locales simultaneously.

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