Entropy. It’s one of those words that just looks and sounds appealing to me for some reason. On top of that (and prehaps like duende) it’s a word rich in meaning.

You may know about entropy in terms of the second law of thermodynamics, but I’m going to take a broader view. Entropy is often used to refer to the tendency for disorder to increase in a system.

If you’ve looked around my blog at all, you’ve probably noticed my interest in cemeteries. One thing I’ve seen is that entropy even hits our final markers.

Ashland Cemetery cracked headstone

Ashland Cemetery cracked headstone

Ashland Cemetery cracked headstone

Bayview cemetery broken hand statue

Of course, isn’t death itself just another example of entropy?


E is for Entropy
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7 thoughts on “E is for Entropy

  • 04-05-2012 at 1:29 pm
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    Yesterday I was brainstorming “E” words and I stopped at entropy and thought, “That has possibilities…” Wouldn’t that have been weird?!?

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    • 04-05-2012 at 2:59 pm
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      Whoa, that’s interesting. And yeah, that would have been weird, but in a good way. It would have been fun to read your take on entropy.

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    • 04-05-2012 at 3:25 pm
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      Thank you! This A to Z challenge so far has been almost like an invitation to savor and explore words. I’m glad you liked this one.

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  • 04-05-2012 at 8:23 pm
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    I find cemeteries interesting too – and entropy has always appealed to me for some reason – as a word more than as a concept.

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  • 04-05-2012 at 8:23 pm
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    I was such a weird kid. I wrote the second law of thermodynamics on my bedroom wall in black marker and my parents were okay with it.

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    • 04-05-2012 at 8:52 pm
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      Wow, that’s actually kind of neat. I’m pretty sure the second law of thermodynamics was completely unknown to me as a kid. (I also don’t think my parents would have been too on board if I had written on my bedroom walls.)

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