Table of Contents

Index of World Winding Down

Lesson 1
The 2LT, order and disorder

Lesson 2
The arrow of time

Lesson 3
But why?

Lesson 4
The lawfulness of chance

Lesson 5
Disorder rules the day

Lesson 6
Order and usable energy—the connection

Lesson 7
Hot (and cold) bodies—going with the flow

Lesson 8
Order, all by itself (well, sort of…)

Lesson 9
Perpetual motion machines and other fantasies

Lesson 10
Up hill and down dale

Lesson 11
Entropy—the other ‘e-word’

Lesson 12
Increases in order don’t violate this law

Lesson 13
Trying to beat the Second Law

Lesson 14
Energy: the big picture

Lesson 15
The 2LT points to a beginning

Lesson 16
The universe’s destiny (unless…)

Lesson 17
Yes, it has to do with the Fall, but …

Lesson 18
Evolution and the Second Law

Lesson 19
Saving the best till last

World Winding Down

World Winding Down

World Winding Down by Carl Wieland

Study Guide

Notes to reader

The questions in this study guide relate directly to the content of the book, World Winding Down.

To assist with further study the reader is recommended to consult the creation.com website Q&A page titled ‘Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics Questions and Answers’ for more detailed explanations of the laws of thermodynamics and how they relate to the creation/evolution debate.

WWD page 21 cartoon

Lesson 1: The 2LT, order and disorder

Why is the Second Law of Thermodynamics (2LT) considered one of the most perfect laws in physics?

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[See pp. 17–18]

List some of the things that occur in the real world that the Second Law of Thermodynamics ‘explains’.

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[See pp. 19]

Lesson 2: The arrow of time

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is often called ‘time’s arrow’, because it …?

Circle the correct one:

  • Makes time appear to stand still.
  • Serves to define the direction of time.
  • Makes the idea of time travel possible.
  • Allows time to flow backwards.

[See pp. 19–20]

Lesson 3: But why?

A ‘system of matter and energy’ means … ?

Circle the correct one:

  • Anything in the material world that we care to define as a system
  • The solar system
  • Something we can break
  • Something that is disordered
WWD page 21 cartoon

[See p. 20]

What are the two principles that form the basis of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (2LT)?

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[See pp. 20–21]

Lesson 4: The lawfulness of chance

If chance is associated with randomness and disorder, how can it be described as lawful? Discuss …

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[See p. 23 ff.]

WWD page 26 diagram

Lesson 5: Disorder rules the day

To go from a disordered arrangement back to an ordered arrangement requires more than just energy— what else is needed?

Circle all correct ones:

  • An appropriately programmed robot
  • Chance
  • A person
  • Luck
  • Intelligence (including an intelligently programmed machine)
  • A system whose constraints enforce order

[See pp. 24–25, 39–42]

WWD page 30 figure 11

Fig. 11. Helium gas in left compartment, vacuum in right.

WWD page 30 figure 11

Fig. 12. Opening a valve between them allows the gas particles to be in any place within either of the two compartments.

WWD page 30 figure 11

Fig. 13. Helium atoms rush out towards the other compartment.

WWD page 30 figure 11

Fig. 14. Helium atoms and pressures evenly distributed both sides.

Lesson 6: Order and usable energy—the connection

What has happened to cause the re-arrangement of helium gas particles (X) from initial state in fig. 11 to the final state in fig. 14?

Circle the most appropriate one for understanding the 2LT:

  • The particles were sucked from the left compartment to the right compartment
  • Order has spontaneously and predictably headed toward disorder and maximum evenness
  • The opening was too large allowing particles to escape
  • The particles were too squashed in the left compartment so moved to the right compartment

[See pp. 30–33]

Systems tend toward Thermal Equilibrium (TE). What does this mean?

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[See p. 33]

What are the principles in operation in the helium gas example that demonstrate the 2LT?

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[See p. 33]

WWD page 35 diagram

Lesson 7: Hot and cold bodies—going with the flow

In the image here, heat flows from hot to cold because?

Circle the most appropriate one:

  • This always happens when copper is heated up.
  • The heat forces the molecules out of the hotter block into the colder block.
  • The evened out, or more disordered, arrangement of molecular energies is much more probable.
  • The molecules in the colder block absorb the molecules from the hotter block.

[See p. 35 ff.]

When the copper blocks are put together the temperature ‘evens out’ so that each block is eventually of the same temperature. However, before this had happened, list two examples of how work could have been extracted from the system.

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[See p. 38]

List the various ways of explaining the natural direction of things.

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[See p. 38]

Lesson 8: Order all by itself (well, sort of …)

Order can spontaneously arise without disobeying the 2LT in circumstances where …

Circle the correct one:

  • Particular constraints exist within a system that ‘force’ order to arise.
  • The 2LT does not apply.
  • There is no more available energy in the system.
  • There is enough available energy in the system to allow order to arise.

[See p. 40]

WWD page 42 photo

In the system shown here, what are the two constraints that cause disorder to spontaneously become order?

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[See p. 42]

WWD page 43 diagram

The experimental setup shown here can be used to demonstrate what effect?

Circle the most appropriate one:

  • How energy can be converted from one form into another.
  • How a paddle wheel works under water.
  • The effect of gravity.
  • How pulleys provide mechanical advantage.

[See p. 43 ff]

Why is it vanishingly improbable that by cooling the water the energy can be transferred in the opposite direction to lift the weight?

Discuss.

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WWD page 48 cartoon

[See pp. 44–45]

Lesson 9: Perpetual motion machines and other fantasies

Why is the idea of a machine that generates more energy than it uses just a fantasy? Discuss …

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[See pp. 47–48]

WWD page 50 Newton's cradle

‘Newton’s cradle’, a well-known time-killing gadget, in which the ‘downhill’ action on one side drives the subsequent ‘uphill’ action on the other.

Lesson 10: Up hill and down dale

In the ‘Newton’s Cradle’ the ‘downhill’ action on one side drives the ‘uphill’ action on the other, but this energy transfer will quickly cease because …

Circle the most appropriate one:

  • Friction causes energy to be progressively lost as heat.
  • The red ball runs out of energy.
  • There are too many silver balls which react against the red ball.
  • The red ball is not large enough to provide sufficient energy.

[See p. 50]

WWD page 51 sun-to-earth energy flow

The sun-to-earth (‘downhill’) flow of energy drives many ‘uphill’ processes on earth, including most biological machinery, and most of man’s machinery (hydro-electric power, fossil fuels).

Although all manner of ‘uphill’ processes can be driven by the ‘downhill’ transfer of energy, e.g. heat energy from the sun driving the earth’s biological processes, what is required in order for this to happen?

Circle the correct one:

  • The right mechanisms must be in place for ‘uphill’ processes to utilize the ‘downhill’ supply of energy.
  • ‘Uphill’ processes must not waste energy.
  • ‘Uphill’ processes must be able to store energy.
  • The ‘downhill’ transfer of energy must be at a constant rate.

[See p. 50]

Lesson 11: Entropy—the other ‘e-word’

What is meant by the term ‘entropy’?

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[See p. 53]

Explain and discuss what this formula means:

dSuniverse ≥ 0

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[See p. 55]

German physicist and mathematician Rudolf Clausius said about the entropy of the universe …

Circle the correct one:

  • that it strives to a maximum.
  • that it is constant.
  • that it is decreasing.
  • that the universe does not exhibit entropy.

[See p. 56]

WWD page 56 salt-crystal formation diagram

A bowl of warm concentrated saltwater spontaneously cools down to form salt crystals—an increase in order in this system, all by itself.

Lesson 12: Increases in order don’t violate this law

When the hot, concentrated salt water in the diagram evaporates it results in an ‘ordered’ arrangement of salt crystals, but the ‘disorder’, or entropy, of the universe still increases. Why?

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[See pp. 56–58]

Lesson 13: Trying to beat the Second Law

WWD page 61 processes table

Regardless of any increase in the ‘order’ of a system (or process) as shown at right, the ‘disorder’ of the universe always increases, without exception. Why?

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[See pp. 58–62 especially p.61]

Lesson 14: Energy: the big picture

WWD page 63 decrease in energy of universe graph

In the graph at right which illustrates the two laws of thermodynamics when applied to the universe, mark where the universe would reach Thermodynamic Equilibrium (TE).

Why have you marked it where you did?

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[See pp. 63–64]

WWD page 63 decrease in energy of universe graph

Lesson 15: The 2LT points to a beginning

Why can’t the universe be eternally old?

Circle the correct one:

  • It would have ‘wound down’ completely (reached TE) by now.
  • Things don’t seem to last forever.
  • You can’t get something from nothing.
  • New things appear all the time.

[See p. 64]

Give two reasons why the currently popular idea (from those that deny a creator God), that the universe created itself from absolutely nothing, through ‘fluctuations in the quantum vacuum’, defies rationality.

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[See pp. 65–66]

The graph of the universe’s energy shows that the universe becomes more ‘wound up’ as we go backwards in time, so it must have started, or begun, in a more ‘wound up’ state. If the universe therefore had a beginning, and the idea that nothing can cause itself to exist is illogical, what is the most logical explanation for how the universe came into existence?

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[See p. 66]

Lesson 16: The universe’s destiny (unless …)

Because of the immutability of the 2LT, what would eventually happen to the universe if natural processes were to continue uninterrupted?

Circle the correct one:

  • The universe will reach a state of ‘heat death’ (total TE).
  • The universe will continue to go on as it always has.
  • The universe will get smaller.
  • More stars will continue to be formed.

[See pp. 68–69]

What does the 2LT affirm is the final destination, and ultimate reality, of the evolutionist/materialist faith?

Circle the correct one:

  • A hopelessly cold, dead universe, devoid of life.
  • A universe that is never-ending.
  • Man becomes more intelligent with time.
  • The fittest will survive the longest.

[See p. 71]

The laws of thermodynamics are just a scientific expression of man’s interpretation and understanding of the behaviour of energy and natural processes in the observed universe. In the table below complete the corresponding special revelation from God to all mankind (not just scientists) found in Psalm 102, that explains in His words the order of the universe He created.

Man’s Law of Thermodynamics God’s Special Revelation (Psalm 102)
Second law—the amount of energy available to do useful work decreases as the entropy of the universe strives to a maximum.

[See p.72]

What is the Bible’s ‘big picture’ that provides hope, rather than despair, for the Christian?

Circle the correct one:

  • The downhill progression, or ‘winding down’, of the present Heavens and Earth will never reach its destination as God has promised to renew His creation.
  • The universe is not as old as evolutionists/materialists claim.
  • The universe is not running out of time as some people think.
  • Although God doesn’t describe His plan for the universe in terms of thermodynamic laws, we can have hope in the future nonetheless.

[See p. 72]

Lesson 17: Yes, it has to do with the Fall, but …

It’s not a good idea to say that the 2LT started with the Curse. Why?

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[See p. 73]

If the 2LT was already in operation before the Fall, and some of the outcomes of the 2LT in today’s world include death and disease, what did the Curse likely represent?

Circle the correct one:

  • A withdrawal of some of God’s sustaining power which had restrained/counteracted some of the effects of the 2LT.
  • The Curse does not have anything to do with the 2LT.
  • The Curse was on Adam only, not the rest of the Creation.
  • The Curse slowed down the downhill effects of the 2LT.

[See pp. 74–75]

Lesson 18: Evolution and the Second Law

Describe the differences in these patterns in terms of order and complexity.

Pattern A
ABCABCABCABCABC ….

Pattern B
THE PRIME MINISTER BOUGHT A BRIGHT RED BALL IN LONDON

Pattern C
WDLMNLTDTJBKWIRZREZLMQCOP

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[See pp. 76–78]

What is required to construct information-bearing, specific sequences similar to Pattern B?

Circle the correct one:

  • Directed effort and intelligence.
  • A machine typing at random.
  • Mutation and natural selection.
  • An increase in energy.

[See p. 78]

The evolutionary belief system requires that spontaneous, natural processes, without directed effort and intelligence, are able to generate the information required to develop more complex forms over time. Explain why such a belief is ill-founded.

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[See pp. 81–85, especially p. 82]

WWD page 92 Jesus and real hope vs entropy and no hope cartoon

Lesson 19: Saving the best till last

The 2LT describes the real universe and we in turn observe that natural processes are winding the cosmos down to chaos, not the other way around. The 2LT actually affirms that …

Circle the correct one:

  • Evolutionary belief is bankrupt and the Bible is consistent with these real-world observations.
  • Evolution can explain increased complexity.
  • The winding down of the cosmos does not affect the process of evolution.
  • The cosmos itself has evolved.

[See pp. 89–91]

List some biblical references that attest to the laws of thermodynamics through God’s special revelation.

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[See p. 91]

Special thanks to Wayne B. Taylor for invaluable help in preparing this guide.


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