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How did humans acquire the power to transform the planet like this?
Looking at the earth at night
reveals to us just how successful we've been
in harnessing and manipulating energy
and how important it is to our existence.
Energy is vital to us all.
We use it to build the structures that surround and protect us.
We use it to power our transport and light our homes.
And even more crucially, energy is essential for life itself.
Without the energy we get from the food we eat, we'd die.
But what exactly is energy?
And what makes it so useful to us?
In attempting to answer these questions,
scientists would come up with a strange set of laws
that would link together everything, from engines, to humans, to stars.
It turns out that energy, so crucial to our daily lives
also helps us make sense of the entire universe.
This film is the intriguing story
of how we discovered the rules that drive the universe.
It is the story of how we realised
that all forms of energy are destined to degrade and fall apart.
To move from order to disorder.
It's the story of how this amazing process
has been harnessed by the universe
to create everything that we see around us.
Over the course of human history,
we've come up with all sorts of different ways
of extracting energy from our environment.
Everything from picking fruit,
to burning wood, to sailing boats, to waterwheels.
But around 300 years ago, something incredible happened.
Humans developed machines
that were capable of processing extraordinary amounts of energy
to carry out previously unimaginable tasks.
This happened thanks to many people and for many different reasons,
but I'd like to begin this story
with one of the most intriguing characters
in the history of science.
One of the first to attempt to understand energy.
Gottfried Leibniz was a diplomat, scientist, philosopher and genius.
He was forever trying to understand the mechanisms
that made the universe work.
Leibniz like several of his great contemporaries
was absolutely convinced that the world we see around us
is a vast machine designed by a powerful and wise person.
And if you could understand how machines worked,
you could therefore understand how the universe
and the principles that had been used to make the universe worked as well.
So there was an extremely close relationship for Leibniz
between theology and philosophy on the one hand
and engineering and mechanics on the other.
It was this relationship between philosophy and engineering
that in 1676 would lead him to investigate
what at first sight seemed to be a very simple question.
What happens when objects collide?
This is was what Leibniz
and many of his contemporaries were grappling with.
So when these two balls bump into each other,
the movement of one gets transferred to the other.
It's as though something's been passed between them
and this that Leibniz called the living force.
He thought of it as a stuff,
as a real physical substance that gets exchanged during collisions.
Leibniz argued that the world is a living machine
and that inside the machine,
there is a quantity of living force put there by God at the Creation
that will stay the same forever.
So the amount of living force in the world will be conserved.
The puzzle was to define it.
Leibnitz would soon find a simple mathematical way
to describe the living force.
But he would also see something else.
EXPLOSION
He realised that in gunpowder, fire and steam,
his living force was being released in violent and powerful ways.
EXPLOSION
If this could be harnessed,
it could give humankind unimaginable power.
Leibniz would soon become fascinated
with ways of capturing the living force.
A prolific letter writer, Leibniz struck up correspondence
with a young French scientist called Denis Papin.
As they corresponded, Leibniz and Papin realised
the living force released in certain situations
could indeed be harnessed.
Heat could be converted in to some form of useful action.
But how far could this idea be taken?
Papin was in no doubt.
This is an extract from his letter to Leibniz...
"I can assure you that the more I go forward,
"the more I find reason to think highly of this invention,
"which in theory, may augment the powers of man to infinity.
"But in practice, I believe I can say without exaggeration,
"that one man by this means
"will be able to do as much as 100 others can do without it."
Now, you might expect me at this point to tell you
that Leibniz and Papin changed the world forever.
Well, they hadn't.
Their ideas had been profound and far reaching, yes,
but they hadn't really moved things forward.
For that, you need something much more tangible.
You need innovation, industry.
You need countless skilled workers and craftsmen
who are going to apply these ideas,
to experiment with them in novel and new ways.
Well, in the century that followed Leibniz and Papin,
this would take place in the most dramatic way imaginable.
150 years after Leibniz and Papin's discussions,
the living force had been harnessed in spectacular ways.
The machines they dreamed of had become a reality.
Steam engines were now the cutting edge of 19th century technology.
If you look at steps in civilisation,
then one great step was the steam engine, because it replaced muscle,
animal muscle, including our muscle, by steam power.
And the steam power was effectively limitless
and hugely important to doing almost unimaginable things.
But steam technology would do more than just transform human society.
It would uncover the truth about what Leibniz had called
the living force and reveal new insights
about the workings of our universe.
This is Crossness in south-east London.
It's an incredible industrial cathedral,
home to some of the most impressive Victorian steam engines ever built.
Constructed in 1854, Crossness houses four huge engines
that once required 5,000 tonnes of coal each year
to drive their 47-tonne beams.
Everything about this place seems to have been built to impress.
From the lavish ironwork -
the grand pillars like something out of a Greek or Roman temple.
It's the kind of effort you'd think would be lavished
on a luxury ocean liner for the rich and famous.
And yet this place was built to process sewage.
Although only a few workers and engineers would see inside it,
steam had become
such a vital part of Britain's power and economic prosperity
that it was afforded almost religious respect.
But for all the great success and immense power
that engines were bestowing on their creators
there was still a great deal of confusion and mystery
surrounding exactly how and why they worked.
In particular questions like, "How efficient could they be made?"
"Were there limits to their power?"
Ultimately, people wanted to know
just what might it be possible to achieve with steam.
The reason these questions persisted was simple almost no-one
had understood the fundamental nature of the steam engine.
Very few were aware of the cosmic principle which underpinned it.
These great lumbering machines we think of as the early steam engines
actually were the seed of understanding
of everything that goes on in the universe.
As unlikely as it sounds,
steam engines held within them the secrets of the cosmos.
This is the Chateau de Vincennes in Paris.
Events here would motivate one man's journey to uncover the cosmic truth
about the steam engine, and help to create a new science.
The science of heat and motion. Thermo-dynamics.
In March 1814, during the Napoleonic wars,
when Napoleon and his armies where fighting elsewhere,
Paris itself came under sustained attack
from the combined forces of Russia, Prussia and Austria.
Citizens were deployed around key locations to protect them.
This chateau was being defended by a group of inexperienced students
who were forced to retreat under sustained artillery fire.
One of them was a brilliant young scientist and soldier.
His name was Nicolas Leonard Sadi Carnot
and the humiliation he felt personally
would drive him and motivate him
to uncover a profound insight into how all engines work.
Carnot came from a highly-respected military family.
After the French defeat here and elsewhere around Europe,
he became determined to reclaim French pride.
What really bothered Carnot was the technological superiority
that France's enemies seemed to possess.
And Britain, in particular, had this huge advantage
both militarily and economically
because of its mastery of steam power.
So Carnot vowed to really understand how steam engines work
and use that knowledge for the benefit of France.
He says absolutely explicitly that if you could take away
steam engines from Britain
then the British Empire would collapse.
And he's writing in the wake of French military defeat
and he proposes to analyse,
literally, the source of British power
by analysing the way in which fire and heat engines work.
Living on half-pay with his brother Hippolyte
in a small apartment in Paris,
in 1824 Carnot wrote the now legendary
Reflections On The Motive Power Of Fire.
In just under 60 pages,
he developed and abstracted the fundamental way
in which all heat engines work.
Carnot saw that all heat engines
comprised of a hot source in cooler surroundings.
Now, Carnot believed heat was some kind of substance
that would flow like water from the hot to the cool.
And just like water falling from a height
the flow of heat could be tapped to do useful work.
Carnot's crucial insight
was to show that to make any heat engine more efficient
all you had to do was to increase the difference in temperature
between the heat source and cooler surroundings.
This idea has guided engineers for 200 years.
Ultimately, a car engine is more efficient than a steam engine
because it runs at a much hotter temperature.
Jet engines are more efficient still
thanks to the incredible temperatures they can run at.
Carnot had revealed
that heat engines weren't just a clever invention.
They were tapping into a deeper property of nature.
They were exploiting the flow of energy
between hot and cold.
Carnot had glimpsed the true nature of heat engines and, in the process,
begun a new branch of science.
But he would never see the impact his idea would have on the world.
In 1832, a cholera epidemic spread through Paris.
It was so severe, it would kill almost 19,000 people.
Now, back then, there was no real scientific understanding
of how the disease spread, so it must have been terrifying.
Carnot undaunted by the risks,
decided to study and document the spread of the disease.
But, unfortunately, he contracted it himself and was dead a day later.
He was just 36 years old.
A lot of his precious scientific papers were burned
to stop the spread of the contagion
and his ideas fell into temporary obscurity.
It seems the world wasn't quite ready for Carnot.
Carnot had made the first great contribution
to the science of thermodynamics.
But as the 19th century progressed the study of heat, motion and energy
began to grip the wider scientific community.
Soon, it was realised these ideas could do much more
than simply explain how heat engines worked.
Just as Leibniz had suspected with his notion of living force,
these ideas were applicable on a much grander scale.
By the mid 19th century,
scientists and engineers had worked out very precisely
how different forms of energy relate to each other.
They measured how much of a particular kind of energy is needed
to make a certain amount of a different kind.
Let me give you an example.
The amount of energy needed to heat 30ml of water
by one degree centigrade
is the same as the amount of energy needed
to lift this 12.5kg weight by one metre.
The deeper point here that people realised
was that although mechanical work and heat may seem very different,
they are, in fact, both facets of the same thing - energy.
This idea would come to be known as the first law of thermodynamics.
The first law reveals that energy is never created or destroyed.
It just changes from one form to another.
19th Century scientists realised this meant the total energy
of the entire universe is actually fixed.
Amazingly, there's a set amount of energy
that just changes into many different forms.
So, in a steam engine, energy isn't created -
it's just changed from heat into mechanical work.
But impressive though the first law is, it begged an enormous question -
what exactly is going on when one form of energy changes into another?
In fact, why does it do it at all?
The answer would, in part, be found by German scientist Rudolf Clausius.
And it would form the basis what would become known
as the second law of thermodynamics.
Rudolf Clausius was a brilliant German physics student
from Pomerania
who studied in Berlin
and at a ridiculously young age became a very brilliant professor
in Berlin and then in Zurich
at the new technology university set up there in Switzerland.
In the 1850s and 60s, Clausius offered what was really
the first, coherent, full-blown, mathematical analysis
of how thermodynamics works.
Clausius realised that not only was there
a fixed amount of energy in the universe
but that the energy seemed to be following a very strict rule.
Put simply, energy in the form of heat
always moved in one particular direction.
This insight of his is
in fact one of the most important ideas in the whole of science.
As Clausius put it,
"Heat cannot of itself pass from a colder to a hotter body".
This is a very intuitive idea.
If left alone, this hot mug of tea will always cool down.
What this means is that heat will pass from the hot mug
say to my hand and then again from my hand to my chest.
This might seem completely obvious but it was a crucial insight.
The flow of heat was a one-way process that seemed to be built
very fundamentally into the workings of the entire universe.
Of course, objects can get hotter
but you always need to do something to them to make this happen.
Left alone, energy seems to always go from being concentrated
to being dispersed.
One of my favourite statements in science was made
by the biochemist called Albert St George who said that,
"Science is all about seeing what everyone else has seen,
"but thinking what no-one else has thought."
And he, Rudolf Clausius, looked at the everyday world
and saw what everyone else had seen,
that heat does not flow spontaneously from a cold body to a hot body.
It always goes the other way.
But he didn't just say, "Ah, I see that."
He actually sat down and thought about it.
Clausius brought together all these ideas about how energy
is transferred and put them into mathematical context.
It could be summarised by this equation.
Now, what Clausius did was introduce a new quantity he called entropy.
This letter S.
Basically, what it's saying in the context of this equation
is that as heat is transferred from hotter to colder bodies,
entropy always increases.
Entropy seemed to be a measure of how heat dissipates or spreads out.
As hot things cool, their entropy increases.
It appeared to Clausius that in any isolated system
this process would be irreversible.
Clausius was so confident about his mathematics
that he figured out that this irreversible process
was going on out there in the wider cosmos.
He speculated that the entropy of the entire universe
had to be increasing toward a maximum
and there was nothing we could do to avoid this.
This idea became known as the second law of thermodynamics
and it turned out to be stranger, and more beautiful,
more universal than anything that Clausius could have imagined.
The second law of thermodynamics seemed to say that all things
that gave off heat were, in some way, connected together.
All things that gave off heat were part of an irreversible process
that was happening everywhere.
A process of spreading out and dispersing.
A process of increasing entropy.
It seemed that, somehow, the universe shared the same fate
as a cup of tea.
The wonderful thing about the Victorian scientists
is that they could make these great leaps
and they could see that their study of a thermometer in a beaker
actually could be transferred... could be extrapolated,
could be enlarged to encompass the whole universe.
Despite the successes of thermodynamics,
in the middle of the 19th century,
there was great debate and confusion about the subject.
What exactly was this strange thing called entropy
and why was it always increasing?
Answering this question would take an incredible intellectual leap
but it would end up revealing the truth about energy
and the many forms of order and disorder
we see in the universe around us.
Many scientists would tackle the mysterious concept of entropy.
But one more than any other would shed light on the truth.
He'd show what entropy really was
and why, over time, it always must increase.
His name was Ludwig Boltzmann
and he was one science's true revolutionaries.
Boltzmann had been born in Vienna in 1844.
It was a world of scientific and cultural certainty.
But Boltzmann took little notice
of the entrenched beliefs of his contemporaries.
To him, the physical world
was something best explored with an open mind.
Boltzmann wasn't your stereotypical scientist.
In fact, he had the kind of temperament
most people might associate with great artists.
He was ruthlessly logical and analytical, yes,
but while working, he'd go through periods of intense emotion
followed by terrible depressions
which would leave him completely unable to think clearly.
He had terrible
mental crises and breakdowns
in which he really thought that the world was coming apart at the seams
and yet these were also accompanied
by some of the most profound insights into the nature of our world.
Outside of mathematics, Boltzmann was passionate about music
and was captivated by the grand and dramatic operas of Wagner
and the raw emotion of Beethoven.
He was a brilliant pianist
and could lose himself for hours in the works of his favourite composers
just as he could lose himself in deep mathematical theories.
MUSIC: Beethoven's 5th Symphony - First Movement.
Boltzmann was a scientist guided by his emotions and instinct
and also by his belief in the ability of mathematics
to unlock the secrets of nature.
It was these traits that would lead him to become
one of the champions of a shocking and controversial new theory.
One that would describe reality at the very smallest scales.
Far smaller than anything we could see with the naked eye.
During the second half of the 19th century, a small group of scientists
began speculating that, at the smallest scales,
the universe might operate very differently
to our everyday experiences.
If you could look close enough, it seemed possible that the universe
might be made of tiny, hard particles, in constant motion.
Viewed in terms of atoms
heat would suddenly become a much less mysterious concept.
Boltzmann and others saw that if an object was hot
it simply meant that its atoms were moving about more rapidly.
Viewing the world as atoms seemed to be an immensely powerful idea.
But this picture of the universe
had one seemingly insurmountable problem.
How could trillions and trillions of atoms,
even in a tiny volume of gas, ever be studied?
How could we come up with mathematical equations
to describe all of this?
After all, atoms are constantly bumping into each other,
changing direction and speed, and there are just so many of them.
It seemed almost an impossible problem.
But then Boltzmann saw there was a way.
Boltzmann saw more clearly than anyone
that for physics to explain this new strata of reality
it had to abandon certainty.
Instead of trying to understand and measure the exact movements
of each individual atom, Boltzmann saw you could build working theories
simply by using the probability that atoms would be travelling
at certain speeds and in certain directions.
Boltzmann had transported himself inside matter.
He had imagined a world beneath our everyday reality
and found a mathematics to describe it.
It would be here at this scale that Boltzmann would one day manage
to unlock energy's deepest secret -
despite the widespread hostility to his theories.
Boltzmann's ideas were highly, highly controversial.
And you have to remember that today we take atoms for granted.
But the reason we take atoms for granted is precisely because
Boltzmann's mathematics married up so beautifully with experiments.
One of the most surprising aspects of this story is that
many of Boltzmann's contemporaries viewed his ideas about atoms
with intense hostility.
Today the existence of atoms,
the idea that all matter is composed of tiny particles,
is something we accept without question.
But back in Boltzmann's time
there were notable, eminent physicists who just didn't buy it.
Why would they?
No-one had ever seen an atom and probably no-one ever would.
How could these particles be considered as real?
After one of Boltzmann's lectures on atomic theory in Vienna
the great Austrian physicist Ernst Mach stood up
and said simply, "I don't believe that atoms exist!"
It was both cutting and dismissive.
And for such a comment to come from a highly regarded scientist
like Ernst Mach, it would have been doubly hurtful.
They argued that, "No, atoms don't exist."
They're names, labels,
convenient fictions, calculating devices.
They don't really exist. We can't observe them.
No-one's ever seen one.
And for that reason, so Boltzmann's critics said, he was a fantasist.
But Boltzmann was right.
He had peered deeper into reality than anyone else had dared,
and seen that the universe could be built from the atomic hypothesis
and understood through the mathematics of probability.
The foundations and certainty of 19th century science
were beginning to crumble.
As Boltzmann stared into his brave new world of atoms
he began to realise his new vision of the universe contained within it
an explanation to one of the biggest mysteries in science.
Boltzmann saw atoms could reveal why the second law of thermodynamics
was true, why nature was engaged in an irreversible process.
Atoms had the power to reveal what entropy really was
and why it must always increase.
Boltzmann understood that all objects these walls,
you, me, the air in this room, are made up of much tinier constituents.
Basically, everything we see is an assembly
of trillions and trillions of atoms and molecules.
And this was the key to his insight about entropy and the second law.
Boltzmann saw what Clausius could not.
The real reason why a hot object left alone will always cool down.
Imagine a lump of hot metal.
The atoms inside it are jostling around.
But as they jostle, the atoms at the edge of the object
transfer some of their energy to the atoms on the surface of the table.
These atoms then bump into their neighbours, and in this way,
the heat energy slowly and very naturally spreads out and disperses.
The whole system has gone from being in a special, ordered state
with all the energy concentrated in one place,
to a disordered state
where the same amount of energy is distributed amongst many more atoms.
Boltzmann's brilliant mind
saw this whole process could be described mathematically.
Boltzmann's great contribution was that,
although we can talk in rather sort of casual terms,
about things getting worse, and disorder increases,
the great contribution of Boltzmann is that he could put numbers to it.
So he was able to derive a formula which enabled you
to calculate the disorder of the system.
This is Boltzmann's famous equation.
It would be his enduring contribution to science,
so much so, it was engraved on his tombstone in Vienna.
What this equation means in essence
is there are many more ways for things to be messy and disordered
than there are for them to be tidy and ordered.
That's why, left to itself, the universe will always get messier.
Things will move from order to disorder.
It's a law that applies to everything
from a dropped jug to a burning star.
A hot cup of tea to the products that we consume every day.
All of this is an expression of the universe's tendency
to move from order to disorder.
Disorder is the fate of everything.
Clausius had shown that something he called entropy
was getting bigger all the time.
Now Boltzmann had revealed what this really meant
entropy was in fact a measure of the disorder of things.
Energy is crumbling away.
It's crumbling away now as we speak.
So the second law is all about entropy increasing.
It's just a technical way of saying things get worse.
Boltzmann's passionate and romantic sensibility
and his belief in the power mathematics
had led him to one of the most important discoveries
in the history of science.
But those very same intense emotions
had a dark and ultimately self-destructive side.
Throughout his life
Boltzmann had been prone to severe bouts of depression.
Sometimes these were induced by the criticisms of his theories
and sometimes they just happened.
In 1906, he was forced to take a break from his studies in Vienna
during a particularly bad episode.
In September 1906, Boltzmann and his family were on holiday
in Duino, near Trieste in Italy.
While his wife and family were out at the beach,
Boltzmann hanged himself,
bringing his short time in our universe to an abrupt end.
Perhaps the saddest aspect of Boltzmann's story
is that, within a few short years of his death,
his ideas that had been attacked and ridiculed during his life,
were finally accepted.
What's more, they became the new scientific orthodoxy.
In the end there is no escaping entropy it is the ultimate move
from order, to decay and disorder, that rules us all.
Boltzmann's equation contains within it the mortality of everything
from a china jug to a human life to the universe itself.
The process of change and degradation is unavoidable.
The second law says the universe itself must one day
reach a point of maximum entropy, maximum disorder.
The universe itself must one day die.
If everything degrades, if everything becomes disordered
you might be wondering how is it that WE exist.
How exactly did the universe manage to create
the exquisite complexity and structure of life on earth?
Contrary to what you might think
it's precisely because of the second law that all this exists.
The great disordering of the cosmos gives rise to its complexity.
It's possible to harness the natural flow
from order to disorder, to tap into the process
and generate something new, to create new order and new structure.
It's what the early steam pioneers had unwittingly hit upon
with their engines
and it's what makes everything we deem special in our world -
from this car, to buildings, to works of art, even to life itself.
The engine of my car, like all engines,
is designed to exploit the second law.
It starts out with something nice and ordered like this petrol
stuffed full of energy.
But when it is ignited in the engine it turns this compact liquid
into a mixture of gases 2,000 times greater in volume -
not to mention dumping heat and sound into the environment.
It's turning order to disorder.
What's so spectacularly clever about my car
is that it can harness that dissipating energy.
It can siphon off a small bit of it
and use it to run a more ordered process
like driving the pistons which turn the wheels. That's what engines do.
They tap into that flow from order to disorder
and do something useful.
But it's not just cars.
Evolution has designed our bodies to work
thanks to the very same principle.
If I eat this chocolate bar
packed full of nice, ordered energy,
my body processes it and turns it into more disordered energy
but powers itself off the proceeds.
Both cars and humans power themselves by tapping into
the great cosmic flow from order to disorder.
Although overall the world is falling apart in disorder
it is doing it in a seriously interesting way.
It's like a waterfall that is rushing down,
but the waterfall throws up a spray of structure
and that spray of structure might be you or me or a daffodil or whatever.
So you can see that the unwinding of the universe,
this collapse into disorder, can in fact be constructive.
Steam engines,
power stations,
life on earth -
all of these things harness the cosmic flow
from order to disorder.
The reason the earth now looks the way it does
is because we've learnt to harness the disintegrating energy
of the universe to maintain and improve our small pocket of order.
But as humankind has evolved,
we've had to find new pieces of concentrated energy
we can break down to drive the ever more demanding
construction of our technologies, our cities, and our society.
From food, to wood, to fossil fuels over human history
we've discovered ever more concentrated forms of energy
to unlock in order to flourish.
Now in the 21st century we're on the cusp of harnessing
the ultimate form of concentrated energy.
The stuff that powers the sun.
Hydrogen.
This is the Cullham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxford
and at this facility they're attempting to recreate
a star here on earth.
But as you might imagine
creating and containing a small star
is not an easy process.
It requires many hundreds of people
and some extremely ingenious technology.
This machine is called a tokamak and it's designed to extract
an ancient type of highly-concentrated energy.
The ordered energy of hydrogen atoms.
These tiny packets of energy were forged in the early universe,
just three minutes after the moment of creation itself.
Now using the tokamak we can extract the concentrated energy
contained in these atoms by fusing them together.
Inside the tokamak machine two types of hydrogen gas,
deuterium and tritium,
are mixed together into a super hot state called a plasma.
Now, when running this plasma can reach the incredible temperature
of 150 million degrees!
Large magnets in the walls of the tokamak contain the plasma
and stop it touching the sides where it can cool down.
When it gets hot enough the two types of hydrogen atoms
fuse together to form helium and spit out a neutron.
These neutrons fly out of the plasma
and hit the walls of the tokamak, but they carry energy
and the hope is that this energy can one day be used to heat up water,
turn it into steam to drive a turbine and generate electricity.
Essentially for a brief moment inside the tokamak
a small doughnut-shaped star is created.
The problem is it's extremely difficult to sustain
the fusion reaction for long enough to harvest energy from it.
And that's what the scientists at Cullham are working to perfect.
It's a boundary between physics and engineering.
How do we hold on to this very hot thing which is the plasma?
And how do we optimise the way in the performance of this plasma?
So what we want is the particles to stay in there as long as possible
to maximise their chance of hitting each other.
We are trying to push this to the limit
with what we have available in this machine.
And whatever we can learn to understand this plasma better
will allow us to design a better machine in the future.
Although it happens several times a day... Oh, here we go.
The scientists here all gather round the screens.
OK, it's about to come on.
What the tokamak is doing
is mining the fertile ashes of the big bang.
Extracting concentrated energy captured at the beginning of time.
As hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe,
if future machines can sustain fusion reactions,
they offer us the possibility of almost unlimited energy.
From a science that began as the by-product of questions
about steam engines,
thermodynamics has had a staggering impact on all our lives.
It has shown us why we must consume concentrated energy to stay alive
and has revealed to us how the universe itself is likely to end.
Looking at the earth at night reveals how
one seemingly simple idea transformed the planet.
Over the past 300 years, we've developed ever more ingenious ways
to harness the concentrated energy from the world around us.
But all our efforts and achievements are quite insignificant
when viewed from the perspective of the wider universe.
As far as it's concerned all we are doing is trying to preserve
this tiny pocket of order in a cosmos that's falling apart.
Although we can never escape our ultimate fate
the laws of physics have allowed us
this brief, beautiful, creative moment
in the great cosmic unwinding.
My hope is that by understanding the universe in ever greater detail
we can stretch this moment for many millions
maybe even billions of years to come.
The concept of information is a very strange one,
it's actually a very difficult idea to get your head round.
But in the journey to try and understand it
scientists would discover that
information is actually a fundamental part of our universe.
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有序與混亂 1.能源 (BBC Order And Disorder Episode 1 Energy)

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不信中原不姓朱 發佈於 2016 年 8 月 12 日
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