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In isolated physical systems differences in pressure, temperature, and chemical potential tend to even out. This principle of decay is called the second law of thermodynamics. It can be derived from the assumed randomness of molecular motion. The second law was postulated by the French physicist Sadi Carnot in his 1824 paper Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire , which presented the view that the work done by heat engines, including car engines are due to the flow of heat from a hot todoi:10.1002/cplx.20344 fatcat:7ezioo4gb5grxackvtuok3drfi