Hard Work and Efficient Management = Success? LO28471

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 05/13/02

Replying to LO28441 --

Dear Organlearners,

Judy Tal <judyt@netvision.net.il> writes:

>Greetings Alan,
>you wrote:
>> I would ask one more question however. If we
>> bring more order to the system, have we increased
>> or decreased entropy?
>Yes, increased or decreased - entropy obeys no
>conservation law.
>When this fact is applied in the issue of self-management
>it can explain the role of the manager - yes, there's work
>for him too :-)

Greetings Judy and Alan,

Alan recently mentioned that once he was the manager of an explosive
industry. (How I love when people begin to speak about themselves because
this gives a context to me.) This means that at least some chemistry must
have rubbed off on Alan, is did not had a major training in chemistry.

Alan, my favourate example to chew upon:-
Here is the standard entropies for the gases methane, ethane, propane
and butane in J/K/mol
CH4 C2H6 C3H8 C4H8
186.2 229.5 269.9 310.0
What does it tell you?

Judy, your are right. Similarly, there is no conservation law for "free
energy" F (two words, one concept, hence one symbol). Your remark on work
is spot on! It made me realise that once again I have to write for the
benefit of fellow learners on "Energy and Entropy". I did so during the
weekend and will mail it soon.

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@gold.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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