By terryh on Aug 18, 2005
Pet peeve time.
The word "entropy" has a very specific meaning. Yes, statistical thermodynamics says that it is related to disorder. No, it's not entropy's fault that your desk is a mess. Although it hasn't been hijacked to the extent that the word "quantum" has, it does tend to be misused. If you want to tell me about entropy, explain about heat engines and Carnot efficiency first, so I know you aren't just spouting buzz words, okay?