Benjamin Kyle

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In existographies, Benjamin Kyle (28- BE) (1927- ACM) (CR:14) (LH:2) (TL:16) is an American chemical engineer, noted for []


In 1988, Kyle, in his “The Mystique of Entropy”, published in Chemical Engineering Education, discussed views of Ivan Bazarov, who in his 1964 Thermodynamics stated that god was a religious superstition, and Friedrich Engels, who inclined towards creationism talk, thematically taking sides with the atheism-pro Bazarov view, albeit not stating so directly.[1]

In 1999, Kyle expanded his article into Entropy: Reflections of a Classical Thermodynamics and published as an attached CD to the 1999 (third edition) of his Chemical and Process Thermodynamics textbook.[2]

Kyle, in his end “commentary” section, makes an attempt to dig out a sort of philosophical insight on how to live by according to thermodynamics, giving the following equation:

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meaning, in Kyle's view, that one should aim, thermodynamically speaking, to follow a negligible entropy change path (ΔS ≈ 0) in the course of one's existence.


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Kyle:

“For an extensive review of entropy involvement in a variety of subjects including: social sciences, literature, art, etc., see Kyle (1988).”
— Dimitrios Tassios (2013), Applied Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (pg. 212)[3]

Quotes | By

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The following are quotes by Kyle:

“For thermodynamics we feel a sense of awe; and marvel at the power of those early minds; who showed that mundane matters lead to natural law; and boldly stated that the universe unwinds. The second law is never denied its due: in science, belles-lettres, and philosophy. It pales the onward-and-upward view. For no one is consoled by entropy. While nothing temporal eludes its iron rule, and most would take decay's decree as true. The sage's bane can be the builder's tool, as entropy shows the best that we can do. This useful concept prompts a primal groan: a dread we've only named but always known.”
— Benjamin Kyle (1988), “The Mystique of Entropy”

End matter


  1. Kyle, Benjamin G. (1988). “The Mystique of Entropy” (pdf) (pdf2), Chemical Engineering Education, Vol. 22., pgs. 92-97. Spr.
  2. Kyle, Benjamin. (1999). Entropy: Reflections of a Classical Thermodynamicist (§8: The Mystique of Entropy, 15 pgs). Kansas State University; first published on attached CD-ROM to Chemical and Process Thermodynamics (3rd ed), Prentice Hall.
  3. Tassios, Dimitrios. (2013). Applied Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (pg. 212). Springer.

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