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Little things that matter in language design
And the second law of thermodynamics has been refuted by Poincaré recurrence.
Posted Dec 5, 2012 8:35 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Whenever something contradicts the second law, that something loses. But if you feel better with a recurrence every 10^10^100... seconds or so, then so be it.
Posted Dec 5, 2012 21:25 UTC (Wed) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
And don't fret, those 10's are rounded up from e, so it's not as long as it might seem (though I think you're missing few stacks and should be 10^10^10^10^10^1.1).
Posted Dec 5, 2012 21:38 UTC (Wed) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
Besides, it would only happen if our universe is an energy-conserving system; probably just changing size would break the recurrence.
Finally, even if a recurrence was possible in an expanding universe, it would just leave us at the starting point; not just diminish the entropy.
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