Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Does the second law of thermodynamics contradicts evolution?

    Not what you're looking for? Search our solutions OR ask your own Custom question.

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    The second law of thermodynamics is often cited as a reason that biological evolution is not possible. What types of assumptions lead to this conclusion?
    Is this an accurate interpretation of the second law?
    Why or why not?
    Can biological evolution coincide with the second law of thermodynamics?
    How can organisms maintain their ordered state, and organismal integrity in light of the second law?
    What is the ultimate fate of all life, and the entire universe in light of the second law?

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 29, 2022, 1:24 pm ad1c9bdddf
    https://brainmass.com/physics/first-law-of-thermodynamics/157050

    Solution Preview

    Hello and thank you for posting your question to Brainmass

    The second law of thermodynamics (according to Wikipedia) states:

    "The second law of thermodynamics is an expression of the universal law of increasing entropy, stating that the entropy of an isolated system which is not in equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium."

    the key word here is "isolated"

    One can hardly argue that the evolution process is an isolated system. Organisms come in touch with many other physical systems (sea ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution explains how the evolutionary process is not in contradiction to the second law of thermodynamics and the principles of maximum entropy.

    $2.49

    ADVERTISEMENT