Musing on Life's Big Questions

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Howard, Bellamy and Wolstenholme.

Over the years, the intricacies of thermodynamics have provided scant inspiration for rock musicians. But with the release of The 2nd Law, the sixth album from Muse, that appears to have changed.

Debuting at No. 2 in the U.S. (Muse's highest chart position there) and No. 1 in the U.K., The 2nd Law derives its title from the second law of thermodynamics, which states that energy decreases within any closed system without a fresh injection of power. Muse guitarist-singer Matt Bellamy saw this as the perfect explanation of the global crises that dominated the headlines as...

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