"Easier said is that the 2nd law of thermodynamics is like the analogy of getting toothpaste back into the tub; it only goes one direction."
"In some ways thermodynamics is like gambling. The first law - that energy cannot be created - tells us 'you can't win'. The second says 'you can't even break even'."
"Thermodynamics is like a forest. The tall trees in the center of the forest are the laws of thermodynamics. They are surrounded by a thick underbrush of thorny ..." A nice paragraph relating studying thermodynamics and playing in the forest...
"Learning about thermodynamics is like watching queef porn. Lots of boxes of gas."
"Now coming to the question, thermodynamics is like mathematics or programming. Till +2 level we tend to enjoy the subject as we can relate it to real world applications and when we step into engineer's shoes it starts becoming far more abstract. "
"You need to do a series on Quantum Thermodynamics. Classical Thermodynamics is like Classical Mechanics is to Quantum Mechanics. It's a mile-high view of something which is really working at the quantum level.﻿"
" Thermodynamics is like playing Poker
1st Law: you cannot win more that the money on the table. •==> the sum of the money in the players pockets at the end of the game cannot exceed the sum of the money in the players pocket at the start of the game
2nd Law; the house (the universe) always takes a cut===> the sum of the money in the players pockets at the end of the game is less that the sum of the money in the pockets of the players at the start of the game. Because, the house took some of the money (entropy )"
The link is a great discussion of free energy...
"Talking about phase transitions without mentioning thermodynamics is like writing a symphony without being able to read music. Maybe it can be done, but it's a serious handicap."
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