The Hidden Connections Between Darwin and the Physicist Who Championed Entropy

 The Hidden Connections Between Darwin and the Physicist Who Championed Entropy

These magnificently bearded men both introduced a dose of randomness and irreversibility into the universe

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Besides exceptional facial hair, what could these two gentlemen have in common? (GL Archive / bilwissedition / Alamy)

By Matthew R. Francis

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Of all the scientific advances, evolution has been the hardest on the human ego. Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory, laid out in his groundbreaking 1859 book On the Origin of Species, threatened to overturn humanity’s exalted position in the universe. Yet in the same era, a quieter—and seemingly unrelated—scientific revolution was also taking place.

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