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copyright 2017 Jennifer Coopersmith The historian of science, Henry Guerlac, wrote that science and mathematics were the chief cultural products of the French Revolution. If someone doesn’t know who painted the Mona Lisa, or when the French Revolution occurred, we consider them to be uncultured, but what if they know nothing of Newton’s Laws or … Continue reading Science and Culture

Global Warming and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

copyright 2017 Jennifer Coopersmith The Second Law of Thermodynamics tells us that the efficiency of a ‘heat engine’ decreases if the temperature of the environment, the ‘heat sink’, is raised (even if the temperature of the heat source is raised by the same amount). Now the Second Law is a universal law, and every (macroscopic) … Continue reading Global Warming and the Second Law of Thermodynamics