Thermodynamics, that old Game, and a Parody

Around this time last year, I realized (and announced in a Facebook post) an interesting link between the laws of thermodynamics and the rules of The Game (which for sure by now is old? according to what happened at NCCQM, apparently not). Here is the analogy, which clearly shows that the inventor of this game must have been suffering from the depressing physics topic of thermodynamics.

The zeroth law of thermodynamics states that two systems in thermal equilibrium with a third system are in thermal equilibrium with each other. This describes the method by which participation in the Game is transmitted, and also explains the high contagiousness of the game: all that is required is a piquing of interest. In other words, the zeroth law of thermodynamics is the first rule of The Game, a person is playing The Game once (s)he knows about it.

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can not be created or destroyed. There is always one state of total energy amount allowed, just like there is only one option in the game—to lose it. Winning is an impossibility, which is the third rule of The Game.

The second law of thermodynamics states that heat is never voluntarily transferred from a hot body to a cold body. Only this direction of progression happens, and happens very often; it’s actually happening everyone and you can really only avoid this very depressing law of nature by not thinking about it. The second rule of The Game states that whenever you think about the game, you lose The Game.

The third law of thermodynamics states that entropy (and beautiful perfection) can only be zero at absolute zero, which never happens anyway. Thus, you could theoretically get a respite from this game-losing, but it is physically impossible. The fourth rule of The Game states that you can never quit The Game. 

Now, it has actually been an entire year (!) since I have written a parody, so here is a bit of cheer on this dreadful subject.

Parody of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory”

(I’m attaching it as a picture since here in WordPress pressing enter creates these weird spaces between lines automatically.)


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