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Entropy as a principle is only a part of the story!
I do not agree with those scientists who have lost faith in explaining natural phenomena mechanically. I think that the new way of research, which became fashionable lately [this is, presumably, a reference to the momentary lapse of reason that took place in the scientific community with the advent of what we call today Einstein's revolution in physics - B.R.T], will not last long: science will inevitably revert back to its mechanical basis.The second law of thermodynamics by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 1914
The "laws of thermodynamics" are very suspect, especially when they are given an independent fundmental position. In my opinion they are a subset of observations related to the greater magneto Thermo sono electro complex of behaviours.
... For that, the crew first sent a signal to the Agena to turn off its automatic attitude control system, because otherwise it would refuse to rotate together with the tether. When Conrad then tried to start the rotation he encountered another problem. "This tether's doing something I never thought it would do. It's like the Agena and I have a skip rope between us and it's rotating and making a big loop," he told Mission Control. Gordon then commanded the Agena to turn its attitude control back on, causing him to report: "Man! Have we got a weird phenomenon going on here. This will take somebody a little time to figure out." For 10 minutes the two crew members fought to straighten the tether. They finally managed, although both men never really understood what it was exactly they had done that stopped the cable's weird behaviour.Chapter 4 (Describing space experiments with Gemini mission), p. 70