a reply to: AlFeynman
Is it legitimate to dissociate energy from forces? What is energy (defined as the capacity to do work) but thermodynamics in action? And what is force
but the differential between one thing and another thing?
So, if the weak force is the basis for parity violation i.e. asymmetry, then the 'difference between one thing and another thing' is equivalent to the
generation of energy - no?
In other words, there seems to be a direct continuity between the inherent asymmetry of the weak force (induced by the mass of the Higgs) and the
emergent 'force' we term thermodynamics.
It seems surprising to me that I can't find anything on the subject of the relationship between the weak force and the emergent property we term
entropy - which is more or less the idea that systems are not perfectly contiguous with one another i.e. they are constantly seeking a 'path of least
resistance' which is a function of a continuously generated 'remainder' - an asymmetry which leaves the whole system (say, a molecule, or a cell, or a
multicellular organism) needing - or aiming - to reconstitute itself again and again by absorbing energy around it.
Molecules can sometimes regenerate; other times they simply fall apart as a function of a specific sort of mismatch with the environment around it.
All of this MUST - if physicists are going to be logically consistent - have to do with events at the subatomic level, because you cannot get emergent
behavior at the top which doesn't have a root at some asymmetry at the bottom.
The natural inference then is that thermodynamics - or heat loss as the loss of photons - has to do with the symmetry breaking induced by the Higgs
vis-a-vis the other gauge bosons - Z, W- and W+.
The answer you've given, although invoking momentum and direction, doesn't seem relevant to the concept of symmetry and conservation of energy. At the
subatomic level, energy isn't conserved at the weak force. It is because of this that the electromagnetic force emerges, and elements i.e. the pauli
exclusion principle - can even come into being. All of this is due to a distinction the weak force makes between left and right, which allows the loss
of energy in the form of neutrino's.
If my understanding of this process is correct, the distinction often made by physicists seems to be a bunch of language games which unreasonably
disconnects from the fact that all things are connected - albeit, in a way which leaves a 'remainder', or asymmetry, which produces these higher level
effects which we handle under the term 'thermodynamics'.
edit on 4-12-2018 by Astrocyte because: (no reason given)