Chemia Naissensis Volume 2, No.2 (2019) (стр. 98-108) 

АУТОР(И) / AUTHOR(S): Jonathan Hobley


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DOI: 10.46793/ChemN2.2.098H


Time is an enigmatic dimension. People assign somewhat mystical properties to time, especially the prospect of time travel. Nearly everyone has considered the possibility of a time machine at some point in their life, and this isn’t just because of the author Jules Verne. When you consider wanting a time machine, do you want to travel forwards or backwards in time? Since we are always apparently moving forwards in time, I would assume that the obsession is going backwards. The reason for this is that all people make mistakes and have regrets, and they would like to do some things differently in hindsight. But these are all humanistic desires, and it is this humanistic desire that incites people to give a mystical and magical property to time. It is probable that most people would wish to correct a past mistake at some point in their lives. The truth is that people can atone for their mistakes, but they can never absolutely undo them as if they never happened. The desire and ability to reverse time is currently only scientific on a psychological level. In fact, in the absence of some as-yet undiscovered physics the arrow of time is decided by Bolzmann’s entropy, therefore if a person can appreciate the meaning of entropy then they will fundamentally understand the arrow of time. Hence, chemistry students are in a good position when it comes to understanding time.


Boltzmann’s entropy, time, thermodynamics, chemical reactions, reversibility


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