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Four Laws That Drive the Universe

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ISBN-10: 0199232369

ISBN-13: 9780199232369

Edition: 2007

Authors: Peter Atkins

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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, 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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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/27/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Prologue
The Zeroth Law: the concept of temperature
The First Law: the conservation of energy
The Second Law: the increase in entropy
Free Energy: the availability of work
The Third Law: the unattainability of zeroConclusion