The 2nd Law is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Muse, released on 1 October 2012 in the United Kingdom and elsewhere on the 28 September, 2 October and 3 October.
The name "The 2nd Law" references the second law of thermodynamics, which is quoted in the track "Unsustainable" as follows: All natural and technological processes proceed in such a way that the availability of the remaining energy decreases. In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves an isolated system, the entropy of that system increases. Energy continuously flows from being concentrated, to becoming dispersed, spread out, wasted, and useless. New energy cannot be created and high-grade energy is being destroyed. An economy based on endless growth is unsustainable.
The album was released as a digital download, CD, CD+DVD (with The Making of The 2nd Law and bonus feature), and vinyl. A deluxe edition box set of The 2nd Law included a CD, DVD, double vinyl and three posters.
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