Second law of thermodynamics
second law of thermodynamics (thermodynamics, second law of)
Glossary of "Life (9th ed.)" by Sadava et al. (2011)
- The principle that when energy is converted from one form to another, some of that energy becomes unavailable for doing work.
Glossary of "Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (2nd ed.)" by Botkin & Keller (1998)
- A fundamental principle of energy that states that energy always tends to go from a more usable (higher quality) form to a less usable (lower quality) form. When we say that energy is converted to a less useful form we mean that entropy (a measure of the energy unavailable to do useful work) of the system has increased.
- Botkin, D. B. & Keller, E. A. 1998. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 2nd ed. -xxxxii + 649 pp. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.
- Sadava, D., Hillis, D. M., Heller, H. C. & Berenbaum, M. R. 2011. Life: The Science of Biology, 9th ed. -xliv + 1266 pp. Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland.