Entropy Waves

As I was cooking some cauliflower cheese the other night, I seemed to experience some kind of entropic anomaly. Bear with me.

I checked the cauliflower was cooked and transferred it into a dish. The sauce wasn’t as thick as I’d have liked, but I added some cheese and that thickened it nicely. Then I added some more cheese, which made it thinner again. Strange.

I wouldn’t have thought anything of it, but then when I took the cauliflower cheese out of the oven to eat it, the cauliflower was decidedly less cooked than when I had put it in.

Being reasonably well-versed in the laws of thermodynamics, I am aware not merely through experience that cauliflower shouldn’t become less cooked, particularly while heat is being added to it. This was surely a violation of the second law, which governs the so-called entropic time. Processes like cooking are “irreversible” because they increase entropy.

Okay, I hear your scepticism. These observations could easily be explained by experimental error. But I’d like to posit an alternative explanation: entropy waves.

Not so long ago, the idea that gravity could be a wavicle — to use the simultaneously distressing and amusing hybrid word — would have seemed ridiculous. Yet, at least among theoretical physicists, the concept of the graviton is widely accepted; and earlier this year LIGO detected its first gravitational waves.

If electrons and even forces can be wavicles, why shouldn’t the even more mysterious entropy join the party? Then I could explain away my culinary limitations with the excuse of being hit by an unexpected fluctuation in the entropy field, caused by a major entropic event a couple of parsecs away.

You might not take me seriously now, but it twenty years’ time when the guys at CERN or wherever detect their first entropy particles — or entropons — this blog post is going to go viral. Among future generations, the story of Suzie and her cauliflower cheese will be told alongside Newton and his apple.

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