1,5,14, ….. : A Potter’s Guide to Entropy

The process by which rock is weathered and washed away to form clay is an example of entropy, the tendency of all things in the Universe to reduce to the lowest energy state. As potters we reverse this by inputting energy and creating order from the molecular chaos of mud. A neat arrangement of clay balls, ready to be further organised into mugs, is part of the process.

 

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