(Note: Move this if this particular forum isn't appropriate) This is going to be a bit philosophical and is mostly me rambling, but I would like to hear the insights of others on this topic. I was thinking to myself about how as a general physical principle, things tend towards disorder. I was trying to think of how this extends to the nature of atoms. In considering how things change with time, is it really true that given subatomic particles stay completely in tact and useful in the same way? What I'm wondering is if it is possible that even at the subatomic level, matter is imperfect and with time it perhaps degrades to a point where it behaves poorly relative to its former state. We know from thermodynamics that heat can not be purely transformed into work. Isn't this buildup of lost work is what is responsible for the supposed heat death theory of the universe? Is it possible this lost work plays a role in what I described before in the denaturing of subatomic particles? Furthermore, what of the forces which govern atoms? Is the nuclear force perhaps altered by this continuous entropy? I feel personally that the universe began in a way which matter and energy interacted very fluidly and effectively, and in time a sort of middle-ground was achieved in which energy influenced the creation of more complex beings, but knowing that similar to when you make a mess, it won't clean itself back up without effort. Does anyone have thoughts on this, and could anyone perhaps provide articles on this matter?