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Thermodynamics: from demons to black holes

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Knowledge of the ‘Second Law’ of thermodynamics was C.P. Snow’s touchstone of good general education. This talk will describe how all the four laws of thermodynamics emerged from the development of machines during industrial revolution and discuss their unusual consequences and ramifications, from the heat death of the universe to the impossibility of perpetual motion machines and the behaviour of black holes. We will look at the unusual features of systems that are far from equilibrium which, like life, seem to defy the traditional laws of thermodynamics.


Speaker(s):

Prof John Barrow | talks | www

 

Date and Time:

30 November 2005 at 1:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

The Museum of London
London Wall
London
EC2Y 5HN


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Organised by:

Gresham College
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Free

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