photo neededIn hmolscience, Zachary Hatch (c.1969-) is an American thinker noted for his circa 1991 hypothesis that that historical dissolution of empires—in which political power is first consolidated into large, centralized regimes and then ultimately dispersed into many smaller nation states—can be understood on the basis of the second law of thermodynamics.

Hatch’s proposal was made into one of American physicist Alan Lightman's 1992 discussion questions (see: homework problems) which he says should be either solved by students as part of their coursework in a one semester course or done as part of an open classroom discussion. [1]

Hatch graduated from Princeton University in 1991; alma mater of the famous 1950s Princeton Department of Social Physics.

1. Lightman, Alan. (2000). Great Ideas in Physics: the Conservation of Energy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the Theory of Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics (§: Conservation Laws and Human Freedom, pgs. 35-36; §: The Second Law Applied to Human Society, pgs. 110-114; Appendix B: Problems and Discussion Questions, pgs. 253-; Zachary Hatch, pg. 275). McGraw-Hill.

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