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|William Keddie's 1854 Encyclopedia of Literary and Scientific Anecdotes, showning: William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Samuel Johnson, and Scott Bar, in circular portraits, and Canning and Southey on pillars; along with interesting memoranda of Humphry Davy on chemistry. |
Napoleon Laplace anecdote
See main: Napoleon Laplace anecdoteIn 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte queried Pierre Laplace about why he did not mention a "creator" or god in his new multi-volume celestial mechanics treatise, to which Laplace famously retorted: "I had no need of that hypothesis".
See main: Neumann-Shannon anecdoteIn 1939, Claude Shannon approached John Neumann about what he should call his new logarithmic function of information transmission, to which Neumann irkingly, as it has come to pass, suggested the name "entropy", as an inside joke of sorts; which has added a derisive, detrimental, and clogging effect to many areas of science; the original Sokal affair, as the phenomena is classified as, in modern terms.
In 1973, a "Governor of a State", likely of New York, nearly the end of a dinner party, approached noted cellular components pioneer Albert Claude about what he thought about the existence of god, to which he deferred the query to talk of anti-entropy and future faiths and changes of beliefs. 
● Thermodynamics anecdotes
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2. Claude, Albert. (1974). “The Coming Age of the Cell: Inventory of Living Mechanisms, Biochemistry and Electron Microscope, and the View of the Impact of the Findings on our Status and Thinking” (Ѻ), Nobel Lecture, Dec 12.
3. Keddie, William. (1854). Cyclopædia of Literary and Scientific Anecdote: Illustrations of The Characters, Habits and Conversation of Men of Letters and Science. R. Griffin and Co.
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