As a painter, I feel the need to paint. ...But, why paint? Why do I feel that need? What's the force that leads me to paint? Why create one more painting? The answer to this, could be the answer to a musician's need to play a Bach suite, or a sculptor's need to shape something out of a block of clay. The answer could be in an inner, instinctual need to struggle against entropy.
Professor #Jim Al-Khalili put it interestingly in his documentary on The Story of Information from the series on Order and Disorder:
In the last few years we've learned that ordering information, creating the invisible structures of the modern world also has an inescapable cost. As abstract and ethereal as information seems, we now know that it must be embodied in a physical system. I find this an incredibly exciting idea. Think about it this way: A lump of clay could be used to write a poem on it, molecules of air can carry the sound of a symphony, and a single photon is like a paint brush. Every aspect of the physical universe can be thought of as a blank canvas, which we can use to build beauty, structure, and order.
en·tro·py | \ˈen-trə-pē \
plural entropiesDefinition of entropy
1thermodynamics : a measure of the unavailable energy in a closed thermodynamic system that is also usually considered to be a measure of the system's disorder, that is a property of the system's state, and that varies directly with any reversible change in heat in the system and inversely with the temperature of the systembroadly : the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system
2a: the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity Entropy is the general trend of the universe toward death and disorder.— James R. Newman
b: a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder The deterioration of copy editing and proof-reading, incidentally, is a token of the cultural entropy that has overtaken us in the postwar years.— John Simon
3: CHAOS, DISORGANIZATION, RANDOMNESS
4statistical mechanics : a factor or quantity that is a function of the physical state of a mechanical system and is equal to the logarithm of the probability for the occurrence of the particular molecular arrangement in that state
5communication theory : a measure of the efficiency of a system (such as a code or a language) in transmitting information, being equal to the logarithm of the number of different messages that can be sent by selection from the same set of symbols and thus indicating the degree of initial uncertainty that can be resolved by any one message