Entropic Creation: Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - 272 síđur
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The author considers the cultural and religious responses to the second law of thermodynamics, from around 1860 to 1920. According to this law, the entropy of any closed system will inevitably increase in time, meaning that the system will decay and eventually end in a dead state of equilibrium.
 

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Introduction
1
Some Early Ideas on Decay and Creation
9
Thermodynamics and the Heat Death
23
The Entropic Creation Argument
47
Concepts of the Universe
103
Post1920 Developments
193
Shadows from the Past
221
Bibliography
235
Index
265
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Helge Kragh is a Professor in the History of Science Department at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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