The title of this post is a description of Lisbeth Salander, one of the principal characters in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" and it's ascribed to her in the book by her sometimes lover, Mimmi Wu.
The series started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo though the "entropic chaos factor" description occurred in the second volume The Girl Who Played with Fire. The girl referred to in both titles is Salander.
But back to the entropic chaos factor description. It's a phrase that just plays havoc in the mind. At least my middle aged male mind. But let's examine the individual words a moment. In common language chaos and entropy are often interchanged as if the meanings are the same. For example a party might be described as chaotic because there seems to be little order exhibited there. In science jargon this would not be accurate though. What's really meant is that the party exhibits a high level of entropy.
Entropy is a tendency for closed systems to lose order. To put it another way, in the absence of energy supplied from outside, systems always become more random. This is the basis for the second law of thermodynamics which states that in general the total entropy of any system will not decrease other than by increasing the entropy of some other system.
The confusion results from people often believing that chaos means random. And I suppose it does in common conversation but when you use a short string of words like "entropic chaos factor" it just seems like you're defaulting to the specialized language of science. Or something like that.
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