Ludwig Boltzmann Quote

Since a given system can never of its own accord go over into another equally probable state but into a more probable one, it is likewise impossible to construct a system of bodies that after traversing various states returns periodically to its original state, that is a perpetual motion machine.


'The Second Law of Thermodynamics', Populäre Schriften, Essay 3. Address to a Formal meeting of the Imperial Academy of Science, 29 May 1886

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Since a given system can never of its own accord go over into another equally probable state but into a more probable one, it is likewise impossible...

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Since a given system can never of its own accord go over into another equally probable state but into a more probable one, it is likewise impossible...

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Since a given system can never of its own accord go over into another equally probable state but into a more probable one, it is likewise impossible...

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Since a given system can never of its own accord go over into another equally probable state but into a more probable one, it is likewise impossible...