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Gentle Force of Entropy Bridges Disciplines

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Science  20 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5358, pp. 1849
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5358.1849

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Normally, entropy is a force of disorder rather than organization. But physicists have recently explored the ways in which an increase in entropy in one part of a system can force another part into greater order. The findings have rekindled speculation that living cells might take advantage of this little-known trick of physics.