Laws of Thermodynamics

ISBN-10: 0199572194
ISBN-13: 9780199572199
Edition: 2010
Authors: Peter Atkins
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Book details

List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas or the cooling of a hot metal, to the unfolding of a thought in our minds and even the course of life itself, everything is governed by the four Laws of Thermodynamics. These laws specify the nature of 'energy' and 'temperature', and are soon revealed to reach out and define the arrow of time itself: why things change and why death must come. In this Very Short Introduction Peter Atkins explains the basis and deeper implications of each law, highlighting their relevance in everyday examples. Using the minimum of mathematics, he introduces concepts such as entropy, free energy, and to the brink and beyond of the absolute zero temperature. These are not merely abstract ideas: they govern our lives. In this concise and compelling introduction Atkins paints a lucid picture of the four elegant laws that, between them, drive the Universe.

Preface
The Zeroth Law
The First Law
The Second Law
The Third Law
Afterword

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