This is one of my all-time favorite stories, and it’s short enough to be a quick distractor (only a few pages). Just felt like sharing it with you all.
Asimov himself considered it his best.
There’s a tiny amount of science relevant to the plot:
- Entropy: In the context of this story, a measure of how close a system is to equilibrium (the system, in this case, is the entire universe). Technically, a measure of disorder.
- 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: The entropy of the universe is always increasing
IMPORTANT: there’s a great, great ending. Scroll carefully so you DON’T READ THE LAST LINE TILL YOU GET TO IT