Things shared on Internet now might be seen by billions, so do your best

Zhigang Suo @zhigangsuo In this beginning lecture of thermodynamics, I use a bottle of air to talk about these words.

It takes time and discipline to form a habit of using words precisely. x.com/zhigangsuo/sta…
Zhigang Suo @zhigangsuo Jun 5, 2023
This chapter uses gas to help students gain intuition of several basic concepts:

equilibrium, temperature, thermometer

Also described are Boltzmann constant, Avogadro constant, and gas constant.

Many English and Chinese “words” have no counterpart in all other human languages. It might be easier to make animated gifs that show motions and relationships and patterns concisely as words. Chinese words are just pictures, you can have “moving pictures” too. A change in motion on heating for “Temperature”? Going from motion of many to a quiet state for “equilibrium”. “Going from one dynamic state to another”. Your “bottle of air” itself can be an animation. A “bottle of air” animated gif can have hover data to explain in depth. Each thing shown by a hover, can also be hovered to infinite depth, rather easily now.

Some concepts require more time and may need many examples for new people to learn. Just as AI learning can require massive training datasets to converge, so too do humans often require many examples and problems to obtain basic skills, let alone mastery and understanding to go beyond the basics.

There are about 7000 human languages and hundreds in common use by many people. The blind need their own language. “How many humans are illiterate?” says “As of 2022, 21% of adults in the United States are illiterate, which is about 57.4 million people.” and “Despite the steady rise in literacy rates over the past 50 years, there are still 773 million illiterate adults around the world, most of whom are women.”

Thermodynamics might be a fundamental skill for the survival of the human species. But there are many who might need things so they can understand and use it. While you posted on Twitter(X) it only reaches about a billion people. There are about 5.2 Billion with some access to the Internet and 8.1 Billion in total.

When you write or post videos or audio or animations on the Internet, some of it might still be recorded in a Million years, if archives are careful in preserving everything.

23 Jun 2024 is the 26th Anniversary of the Internet Foundation.

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