Classical Physics


Introduction to Entropy

Authors: John A. Gowan

Entropy (the second law of thermodynamics) is a corollary of energy conservation (the first law of thermodynamics). Entropy exists to ensure energy conservation and prevent the abuse and misuse of energy. Because of entropy, we are allowed to use and transform energy. Without entropy, transformations of energy would not be allowed by energy conservation. The function of entropy is so fundamental to energy conservation that it is built into the basic structure of energy itself. In free electromagnetic energy, this embedded, primordial entropy "drive" is expressed as the intrinsic motion of light: creating, expanding, and cooling space, the conservation domain of light. In bound electromagnetic energy (atomic matter), the embedded entropy drive is the intrinsic motion of matter's time dimension - causing the decay of matter (as in a radioactive "half-life"), and the expansion, dilution, and aging of history. Historic spacetime is the (necessary) conservation domain of matter's causal information "matrix". Time is the product of the gravitational field of mass/matter: gravity annihilates space, revealing a (metrically equivalent) explicit temporal residue, which formerly had served as the implicit drive of light's intrinsic motion. (See: " The Conversion of Space to Time".) Gravity is the conservation force which converts the spatial entropy drive of free electromagnetic energy (light's intrinsic motion), to the historical entropy drive of bound electromagnetic energy (time's intrinsic motion), and vice versa (as in the stars). (See: "The Double Conservation Role of Gravitation".)

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[v1] 6 Nov 2009
[v2] 16 Oct 2010
[v3] 6 May 2011
[v4] 2012-10-04 15:07:12

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