The laws of thermodynamics establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself.
C.P. Snow once remarked 'not knowing the second law of thermodynamics is like never having read a work by Shakespeare'.
Uses accessible language and virtually no mathematics to guide the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law of Thermodynamics
Explains what 'entropy' is, and how its unstoppable rise explains not only why your desk tends to get messier, but also constitutes the engine of the universe
Introduces fascinating concepts like 'free energy', and what lies beyond the brink of absolute zero
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, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself.
Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why your desk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.
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Oxford University Press
September 06, 2007
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