Death, Taxes, and the 2nd Law

Seth Lloyd, in Nature 430, 971 (2004):

Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics. All three are processes in which useful or accessible forms of some quantity, such as energy or money, are transformed into useless, inaccessible forms of the same quantity. That is not to say that these three processes don’t have fringe benefits: taxes pay for roads and schools; the second law of thermodynamics drives cars, computers and metabolism; and death, at the very least, opens up tenured faculty positions.

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1 Response to Death, Taxes, and the 2nd Law

  1. It seems to me that the first two are just special cases of the last one.

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