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Does Mr. Entropy need Phoenix Wright?

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19:00 – 20:30 15 Jun 2017
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CCE1-002 (TLT) (Business School building across the motorway on the ground floor)
Business and Law building,
City Campus East,
Northumbria University,
NE2 1UY

Speakers: Dr. Fabien Paillusson

Entropy is one of the most fascinating concepts introduced in physics in the last two centuries. Keeping track of its value enables one to discriminate past events from future ones or, in other words, to keep an eye on the so-called "arrow of time". This unique feature comes at the cost of the notorious difficulty to grasp what entropy is all about or what it actually measures.

In the meantime, entropy has been given the sulphurous interpretation of 'disorder' and seems to be accountable for any observable disorder around us. In this lecture, we will try to put on the suit of the devil's advocate and investigate whether entropy can really be identified to our common idea of disorder. To this end, we will progressively lift the veil of mystery surrounding entropy as we explore various proposals that have been made about its fundamental nature and decide whether the idea that entropy measures disorder is tenable upon close inspection.

A buffet will be served half an hour before the commencement of the lecture.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: North East Branch
Contact details: Angelina Cooke: northeast@physics.org

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CCE1-002 (TLT) (Business School building across the motorway on the ground floor)
Business and Law building,
City Campus East,
Northumbria University,
NE2 1UY
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19:00 – 20:30 15 Jun 2017

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