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The Laws Of Thermodynamics : A Very Short Introduction - Peter Atkins

The Laws Of Thermodynamics

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 25th March 2010
ISBN: 9780199572199
Number Of Pages: 120

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The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal--everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws. Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world's leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader a step at a time, Atkins begins with Zeroth (so named because the first two laws were well established before scientists realized that a third law, relating to temperature, should precede them--hence the jocular name zeroth), and proceeds through the First, Second, and Third Laws, offering a clear account of concepts such as the availability of work and the conservation of energy. Atkins ranges from the fascinating theory of entropy (revealing how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe), through the concept of free energy, and to the brink, and then beyond the brink, of absolute zero.

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`Review from previous edition It takes not only a great writer but a great scientist with a lifetime's experience to explains such a notoriously tricky area with absolute economy and precision, not to mention humour.' Books of the Year, Observer. `His engaging account...the lucid figures offer readers a firm understanding of energy and entropy.' Science `Concise, well-written, engaging and carefully structured... an enjoyable and informative read.' Chemistry World `Peter Atkins's account of the core concepts of thermodynamics is beautifully crafted.' Simon Mitton, THES `A brief and invigoratingly limpid guide to the laws of thermodynamics.' Saturday Guardian `Atkins's systematic foundations should go a long way towards easing confusion about the subject...an engaging book, just the right length (and depth) for an absorbing, informative read.' Mark Haw, Nature `[Atkins'] ultra-compact guide to thermodynamics [is] a wonderful book that I wish I had read at university.' New Scientist

Preface 1: The Zeroth Law 2: The First Law 3: The Second Law 4: The Third Law Afterword

ISBN: 9780199572199
ISBN-10: 0199572194
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 25th March 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.2  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.11

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