Everything is driven by motiveless, purposeless decay.

The Creation Chapter 2 (p. 23)

Cardenal, Ernesto

The second law of thermodynamics!: energy is indestructible in quantity but continually changes in form. And it always runs down like water.

Cosmic Canticle Cantiga 3 Autumn Fugue

Dickerson, Richard E.

It is possible to know thermodynamics without understanding it. . .

Molecular Thermodynamics Chapter 7 (p. 387)

Hoffmann, Roald

My second law, your second law, ordains that local order, structure in space and time, be crafted in ever-so-losing contention with proximal disorder in this neat but getting messier universe.

The Metamict State The Devil Teaches Thermodynamics (p. 3)

It may be objected by some that I have concentrated too much on the dry bones, and too little on the flesh which clothes them, but I would ask such critics to concede at least that the bones have an austere beauty of their own.

Classical Thermodynamics for Advanced Students of Physics

...the almost certain truth that nobody (authors included) understands thermodynamics completely. The writing of a book therefore becomes a kind of catharsis in which the author exorcises his own demon of incomprehension and prevents it from occupying the soul of another.

Methods of Thermodynamics Preface (p. vii)

Almost all books on thermodynamics contain some errors which are not purely typographical.

Methods of Thermodynamics Preface (p. ix)

Truesdell, Clifford

...thermodynamics is the kingdom of deltas.

The Tragicomical History of Thermodynamics Chapter 1 (p. 1)

Every physicist knows exactly what the first and the second law mean, but. two physicists agree about them.

In Mario Bunge (ed.) Delaware Seminar in the Foundations of Physics Foundations of Continuum Mechanics (p. 37)


If you think things are mixed up now, just wait a while.

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