Re: Pizza Example

From: Anthony W. Youngman <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 00:53:54 +0100
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In message <>, Tony <> writes
>> Yes, you CAN try to analyse and store that information, but you CANNOT
>> do it in Science - entropy is a one-way-street. If you treat a database
>> as an exercise in Pure Maths, I might agree with you, but as soon as you
>> drag the real world into it (and if you don't, what's the *point* of a
>> database), you have to deal with entropy.
>Since nothing is lost by the decomposition process (by definition),
>entropy is about as relevant as Schrodinger's Cat and all your other
>pop-science book obsessions.

Let's decompose the real world into its fundamental particles. Ooops ... we've suddenly lost cause-and-effect !

There is a limit to lossless decomposition - quantum mechanics says so. Okay, a GUT or TOE might revise our opinion of this, but that's beyond current knowledge.


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