The Whole Is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts: Entropy and the Second Law
Draws heat from the surroundings (there is an almost limitless supply of random thermal motion),
Converts the heat to useful work and,
In the course of using the directed energy to do work, returns the energy to the surroundings as dissipated or scattered energy (i.e., as random thermal fluctuations).
KeywordsState Function Canonical Ensemble Heat Engine Joint System Boltzmann Statistic
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