Monday, July 25, 2016

Nietzsche Was More Than A Little Impertinent

I started reading about where dark 19th-Century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche got his idea of "Eternal Recurrence of the Same". To my surprise, Nietzsche used statistical mechanics and thermodynamics to express his idea. He also rejected atomism and entropy, and rejected Lord Kelvin's expression of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. This is all wrong, of course, but I like that he was engaged with the scientific thinking of the day when giants like Maxwell, Kelvin, Clausius, Gibbs, and Boltzmann were all at the height of their powers. Still, Nietzsche's almost like this Frenchman:

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