The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

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Title:The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN:9780199572199

Author:Peter Atkins

Publisher:Oxford University Press

Publish Year:2010

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Science | Non Fiction

Language:English

Remarks:B&W photos, index

Pages:103

Size:112 x 174 mm

Weight(gms):100

Price:USD 4.82

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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.

    Peter Atkins

    Peter Atkins is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lincoln College. He is the author of nearly 60 books, which include Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science and the famed textbook Physical Chemistry (now in its eighth edition).
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