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A lesson in literacy.

McClintock, Peter V. E. (1985) A lesson in literacy. New Scientist. pp. 34-35.

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Abstract

A cup of tea in the hand could, at least in principle, start spontaneously boiling on one side while simultaneously freezing solid on the other. No violation of the conservation of energy need be implied, because the heat energy gained by one side of the beverage could be precisely equal to that lost by the other. But the drinker would be rather startled, because (quite apart from an unexpectedly burnt or frozen mouth) everyone knows that events of this kind do not happen. In reality, time's arrow always points in the opposite direction, towards thermal equilibrium such that all the tea is at the same temperature.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Scientist
Additional Information: Review of "The Second Law by P.W. Atkins, W.H. Freeman, pp 230.
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 33059
Deposited By: Professor P. V. E. McClintock
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2010 16:32
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 21:51
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33059

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