Asimov winding down the last question is perhaps isaac asimov's most famous short story first published in 1956, it concerns the evolution through tied together by different sets of humans asking the great computer how they can avoid the ultimate 'winding down' of the universe by reversing entropy. The temptation is to let one's perception of disorder, or messiness, or degradation, as in the isaac asimov quote given above, or the result of googling entropy, color one's views of the second law the second law says very specific things about heat flow perceptions of disorder generally do not. About “the last question” wikipedia | “the last question” is a science fiction short story by isaac asimov this is equivalent to asking: “can the workings of the second law of thermodynamics (used in the story as the increase of the entropy of the universe) be reversed” multivac's only response after. Assuming that the op asks about thermodynamic entropy: there is no “maximum entropy value” that cannot be exceeded, and there never was a “time of zero entropy” — entropy is not some kind of “substance” that can saturate something, it is (simply p. In existographies, isaac asimov (1920-1992) (iq:170|#250) [rgm:130|1,260+] ( fa:109), was a russian-born american biochemist turned science fiction writer noted, in literature thermodynamics, for his 1942 to 1993 foundation series, wherein he outlines a theory he calls psychohistory, through the guise. The last question is a beautiful and engaging short story whether you pick reading its 20+ pages, or listen to an audio recording, i recommend you don't miss this little gem asimov gives a visual account of a cosmological theory, an answer to the question how to reverse entropy, or the wonder of creation of an universe. Isaac asimov, one of the most prolific creators in science-fiction history, wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime, including the high-profile ones we all within the story's nine pages, asimov even digs into scientific concepts like entropy and the heat death of the universe as well as philosophical. Isaac asimov, for example, recognizes the apparent problem: you can argue, of course, that the phenomenon of life may be an exception [to the second law] life on earth has steadily grown more complex, more versatile, more elaborate, more orderly, over the bil- lions of years of the planet's existence.
This is a good time to remind people of a famous quotation by isaac asimov—a biochemist— from his 1981 essay, the “threat” of creationism untidy, a messy room or a shuffled deck of cards has no more entropy than neat versions of the same, yet these examples are often used to explain entropy.  explanation the comic is a reference to a short story by isaac asimov the last question, where humans kept asking successively more complex computers whether entropy can be reversed, thereby preventing the heat death of the universe the computers always answered there is as yet insufficient data. See, however, isaac asimov's short story the last question, for a fun view of this question the next post is entitled free energy sources atkins, p w physical chemistry, w h freeman and company, new york, 3rd edition, 1986 mcquarrie, donal d a, statistical thermodynamics, university science. 151 foundation (1951) 152 foundation and empire (1952) 153 second foundation (1953) 154 foundation's edge (1982) 155 prelude to foundation (1988) 16 the last question (1956) 17 the gods themselves (1972) 18 an interview with isaac asimov (1979) 19 mother earth news interview (1980) 110 the.
Quotes: entropy, the final enemy of all things recently i wrote about the books i read in 2015, and promised a post with quotes i particularly liked these fall into several categories: funny ones, those with a high coolness factor, and those that make one reconsider about something or are otherwise. Isaac asimov in his famous 1956 short story “the last question” has the same question not-answered by countless generations of always more and more sophisticated computers: how to reverse the entropy of the universe not one of all these computers has sufficient information to answer the question - somewhere in. Post with 22424 votes and 788295 views tagged with awesome, , , , , shared by cardinalxim the last question.
If entropy must constantly and continuously increase, then the universe is remorselessly running down, thus setting a limit (a long one, to be sure) on the existence of humanity to some human beings, this ultimate end poses itself almost as a threat to their personal immortality, or as a denial of the omnipotence of god. One of asimov's best-known and most acclaimed short stories published in 1956. As the end of the universe is reached, the only unsolvable problem remaining ( the only obstacle to achieve omnipotence) is the reversion of entropy and the problem is finally solved in the end, thus concluding the existence of the humanity, the universe and everything in it, as continuing this existence is. Introduction to entropy, and how entropy relates to the number of possible states for a system.
By isaac asimov this is by far my favorite story of all those i have written after all , i undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and i leave it to you as to how well i succeeded i also undertook another task, but i won't tell you what that was lest l spoil the story for you. My isp would set up the internet when they initially stated would happen, a double fool am i the comic is about the inevitable heat death of the universe but also breakfast foods if you want a non breakfast foods, non semi-nihilist tale about entropy, i highly recommend isaac asimov's “the final question.
Born isaak yudovich ozimov in 1920 russia, and perhaps best known for his works in science fiction— despite being a professor of biochemistry—isaac asimov is regarded as one of the greatest authors of the 20th century it's no surprise that when i first read his work, more specifically his short story titled. Everything that exists in the universe is some form of energy, and everything that happens is some form of energy conversion thus the laws which govern energy and energy conversion are of paramount importance in understanding the world in which we live isaac asimov defines the first law as follows: to express all.
The last question is a science fiction short story by american writer isaac asimov it first appeared in the november 1956 issue of science fiction quarterly and was anthologized in the collections nine tomorrows (1959), the best of isaac asimov (1973), robot dreams (1986), the retrospective opus 100 (1969), and in. Isaac asimov's amusing the last question (november 1956 science fiction quarterly) has a supercomputer, which for aeons has been worrying about the heat-death, reversing entropy at the last possible moment the scientist freeman dyson, in time without end: physics and biology in an open. At this point in the episode, charles mentions one of my all-time favorite isaac asimov stories, “the last question” in the story, a couple of computer programmers sharing a bottle, ask multivac (a highly advanced supercomputer) whether entropy can be reversed and the rest is history the story, which i.
Can entropy be reversed the sci-fi guru considers infinity, immortality and creation. By isaac asimov this is by far my favorite story of all those i have written after all , i undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short entropy has to increase to maximum, that's all i know all about entropy, said adell, standing on his dignity the hell you do i know as much as you do. Or maybe it could be put more simply like this: how can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased multivac fell dead and silent the slow flashing of lights ceased, the distant sounds of clicking relays ended then, just as the frightened technicians felt they could hold their breath no longer, there was. As the cosmic ac was not in space, but in hyperspace and made of something that was neither matter nor energy, there should have been no objections to it taking the role of maxwell's demon and reversing entropy, powering the universe through its hyperspace computational powers.