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Sola Regula Segunda: A Logical Approach to the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Faculty Supervisor:
Don Lemons
Year of Project Completion:
Margaret K. Penner


We consider the implications of the second law of thermodynamics independently from other physical laws. By applying rigorous logic to our model of the thermodynamic world, we explore the whole domain of possibility to determine how the second law restricts the universe. We carefully consider and compare the precise logical meanings of the various formulations of the second law and finally arrive at a deeper understanding of its content.

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