These magnificently bearded men both introduced a dose of randomness and irreversibility into the universe
By Matthew R. Francis
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.
- A Letter Written by Charles Darwin, Twice Stolen, Returns to the Smithsonian
- Two Scientists Share Credit for the Theory of Evolution. Darwin Got Famous; This Biologist Didn’t.
- The Evolution of Charles Darwin
The concept of entropy in physics began harmlessly enough, as an explanation for why steam engines could never be perfectly efficient. But ultimately, entropy also threatened an established hierarchy. And in fact, entropy and evolution were more than casually related. Read more.