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Coming to terms with entropy

  1. Sep 7, 2010 #1
    I"m starting to suspect that the existence of time is contingent upon the expansion of the universe. In other words, were the expansion to cease, time itself would come to a halt. As we know, as space accumulates thru expansion, time also accumulates. Thus, the space/time continuum is in fact the force we know as entropy. But were the expansion to stop for some reason, it seems logical to assume that time would also stop.

    Thus, in the final analysis, entropy is a necessary evil, since the alternative would be stasis.

    Has anyone else come to the same conclusion? Would Einstein agree with this?
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  3. Sep 7, 2010 #2
    You bring up a very interesting connection between time and expansion, they have nothing to do with entropy (as far as I can tell however). More importantly, entropy is definitely not a force.
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #3
    Thanks for you comment. I agree that entropy is not a force. However, i do not believe it is a coincidence that time/space and entropy appeared at the same time.

    Entropy, i believe, is an intrinsic property of time space.
  5. Sep 8, 2010 #4
    Entropy is a property of matter/energy distributions, which are innately connected to space-time; I still think you're making an unjustified connection however.

    everything and space-time appeared at the same time.... so its both not a coincidence for anything, and also not a convincing argument.
  6. Sep 9, 2010 #5
    Yes. I read someone come up with this idea in a paper I read, but unfortunately I forgot the author.

    My guess is that Einstein would not have liked the argument since he seemed to want a static universe. But they again, he was wrong about a lot of things, so what he would have thought of the idea seems rather irrelevant.
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