The human view of the arrow of time

Which is forward and which is backward? We can’t tell, and it doesn’t matter!
A box of gas molecules evolves from an initial state of low entropy (left) to a final state of high entropy (right).
These are snapshots of a box of gas molecules at two different times, long after the initial ordered state. We cannot tell which of these frames happened first and which happened second.

--

--

--

Postdoctoral scholar at Harvard, studying the physics of materials.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

a British Hero

Nuclear Fusion: a Climate Change Solution

Are these badly behaving scientists an example of good collaborators?

A man pretending to kick a woman in the back while she stands near the edge of a cliff.

Blessings of Biomimicry

Mean or average

Why The Snow Has White Color?

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Image result for sapiens by yuval

How to generate Electrical energy?

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Hari Padmanabhan

Hari Padmanabhan

Postdoctoral scholar at Harvard, studying the physics of materials.

More from Medium

A small point to describe the Universe

The $10 Billion eye-piece — James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

City Skies, Flying Kites

Comments on a Few Papers