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Very nice little book, with little mathematical content but conceptually very precise and rigorous, and without oversimplifications Unfortunately, it deals only very succinctly with statistical thermodynamics.Simple, very easy, introductory level, quick refresher of the basics of thermodynamics Nicely written and a pleasure to read.
The Laws of Thermodynamics A Very Short Introduction by Peter W Atkins The Laws of Thermodynamics is a very solid and practical book that covers the core concepts of thermodynamics Accomplished author of many science books and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, does the wonderful A Very Short Introduction series justice by providing readers with an accessible account of the four laws of thermodynamics This well written 144 page book is composed of the following five chapters 1 T [...]
My notes while reading the book 4 laws 0 to 3 Temperature, energy, entropy and absolute zeroDeveloped during the steam engine age, when scientists weren t sure the atom was real.Chapter 1 The zeroth lawTemperature System and surroundings Open, closed and isolated systems Pressure and mechanical equilibrium Temperature and thermal equilibrium Classical thermodynamics Statistical thermodynamics Beta is inversely proportional to energy K is Boltzmann constant.K Beta 1 TBeta would have been the bett [...]
this book is amazing If it s not dad s recommendation I wouldn t have read that with the look of the title And I was shocked This is the most elegant book I have ever read about thermodynamic It s concise, accessible but doesn t sacrifice its depth No dramatic statement or attempts to elicit unnecessary or unscientific imagination no cheezy fantasy if I had read this in college, physical chem would not have to be a pain in the ass.
This guy is an english chemistry professor who s specialty is to make simple things complicated for the lay person.
Interesting and important but a bit too much chemistry and formulas for my taste apparently I missed some real world applications.
Entropy is increasing DUH Who knew review 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 [...]
105min 2x Contents view spoiler PrefaceList of illustrations1 The zeroth law The concept of temperature Introducing equilibrium The molecular world A word of summary2 The first law The conservation of energy Path independence Heat as energy in transition Heat and work a molecular view Introducing reversibility Introducing enthalpy Heat capacity Energy and the uniformity of time3 The second law The increase in entropy Heat engines The definition of absolute temperature Introducing entropy Images [...]
I felt that I needed to brush up my Thermodynamics, and this little pocket sized introduction was just the ticket to get me re started Not by any means an exhaustive treatment of the subject but a good memory jogger for someone whose last encounter with Gibbs Free Energy was sometime around 1987 Each chapter gives firstly a treatment of a concept in classical, bulk thermodynamics, and then explains the statistical link to the micro world Peter Atkins tackles the subject with an appealing, dryly [...]
Peter Atkins, as he seems to be known for his popular science books rather than the P W Atkins of his textbooks, is as good a popular science writer as he is a textbook writer He manages the balance between keeping things simple or at least not too technical while not over simplifying to the point of inaccuracy This book about the Laws of Thermodynamics is part of the Oxford University Press series A Very Short Introduction, and like the others I have read in the series lives up to that descript [...]
They say it is impossible to break the thermodynamics laws in this universe, everything else is uncertain give it a try You can see and feel thermodynamics making a cup of tea while reading this book Hell of fun, right Wait for it because this Atkins guy push the whole thing to another level of fun Damn good teacher For example, he started comparing work and heat at the molecular level to end the discussion making a connection with our civilization development You will never forget the laws, nev [...]
Peter Atkins has an excellent dry writing style and the type of keenly pedantic Oxbridge mind that helps the reader to see things in a different way He starts this right at the beginning by surprising me with a zero th law and ends the book surprising me again by talking about temperatures below absolute zero Most importantly, he explains why conventional measures of temperature are an accident of history and that a better approach would be to use inverse temperature A good book.
Four Laws Presented in a Readable Style.I will recommend this book to anyone interested in the four laws of our universe and the physical laws that affect our every day lives here on earth I have read about the topic of this book by other authors but this author has made the subject readable and interesting My favorite law is the LAW of entropy which we can t escape from I keep imagining that most if not all the secrets of the cosmos can be explained by the four laws This book is great reading f [...]
As a chemistry graduate, I already had a reasonable grasp of basic thermodynamics I first encountered Peter Atkins whilst reading chemistry His lectures on quantum mechanics were always packed to the rafters, so clear and eloquent was his account I had to see how he explained the Laws with which i was already familiar Definitely worth it.
Excellent introduction to thermodynamicsI have read this book in order to gain insights about the fundamental concepts in classical thermodynamics It really teaches me thermodynamics in a different way Mainly, it focuses in the ideas behind the thermodynamics laws I strongly recommend it.
A great introduction to thermodynamics except for the missing discussion of time in the chapter covering the second law and entropy Highly recommended.
Amazing I ve never understood the intricacies of thermodynamics before.
This book went better on a second read through I must have read it about 4 years ago and on the reread I found I had not retained very much This time around I took notes and did some of the math that the author left for the reader to figure out on his her own In this way I got a lot out of it To be sure, there s a lot of material packed in these few pages.
Ho letto questo libro su consiglio di un collega che ne era rimasto colpito per la chiarezza con cui vengono affrontati i 3 1 principi della termodinamica gi , i tre principi della termodinamica 1 L energia di un sistema termodinamico isolato non si crea n si distrugge, ma si trasforma, passando da una forma a un altra , 2 L entropia di un sistema isolato lontano dall equilibrio termico tende a salire nel tempo, finch l equilibrio non raggiunto e 3 non possibile raggiungere lo zero assoluto tram [...]
What is temperature How do you define heat What are the basic implications of the conservation of energy and the spontaneous rise of entropy Pretty much of what we experience can be described by thermodynamic laws, and ignoring them may derail us into bad conclusions about the nature of the world Just as we can t expect engines to produce energy that we feed in, and that order can come into being only at the expense of an increase in the overall disorder, we cannot dedicate our mental energies [...]
This is an interesting and thought provoking book about the laws of thermodynamics The level of treatment is accessible to any intelligent person, being mostly a qualitative discussion with occasional mathematical formulas Concepts are illustrated with diagrams and examples The book covers the four laws of thermodynamics Zeroth the concept of temperature, First the conservation of energy, Second the increase in entropy, and Third the unattainability of zero temperature The concept of free energy [...]
A great read I stumbled upon this book by accident I had no active interest in studying the field of thermodynamics Suffice to say, I am now very much interested Peter Atkins has a flare of delivering a difficult concept using stories and scenarios I could picture the steam engines and the inside working of a refrigerator as he explained the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics In my mind, I could see the electrons bouncing back and forth as Atkins explained temperature, heat and work High school p [...]
I d like to state first why i wanted to read that book because i wanted to understand the second law of thermodynamics and to have an understanding perhaps provisional one in case i study thermodynamics in the future quantitatively with equations , my review the first two chapter are very good and introduce the idea of Temperature , i love very much the third chapter in my humble opinion it is the best chapter written , i made me get a good intuition about entropy and the second law , his exampl [...]
I d give it a five star rating, except that I know that I didn t understand everything presented However, if you want to have your mind stretched and re learn something you had to memorize in high school which is not learning , then I can recommend this book The concepts presented allowed me to reconsider the Four Laws of Thermodynamics from unfamiliar angles and I profited from it I am not a terribly sciency sort, but I know that even if I was, I would want to read this book Atkins language is [...]
This is one steamy book I fumed and panted, waiting for it to arrive In truth, I was a bit worried that I might find it dry, but that wasn t the case I started it in the library one night with the flue.Now, I wouldn t say it fans the flames of any controversy, but it did light a fire under me Sparked thought Set me off Some chapters practically had me in a sweat Nearly too hot for me to handle All too soon, it died down Yep I fairly burned right through this slim little volume as soon as I got i [...]
Thermodynamics is a deep subject, and this book did a good job of showing the highlights of how it works The author had a very interesting explanation of heat In thermodynamics heat is not an entity or even a form of energy heat is a mode of transfer of energy It is not a form of energy, or a fluid of some kind, or anything of any kind Heat is the transfer of energy by virtue of a temperature difference Heat is the name of a process, not the name of an entity I had taken two semesters of thermo [...]
I had to read this book because I was doing a physics project on thermodynamics This is a good starting point for people who didn t know anything about the subject before because like all very short introductions it s quite easy to understand If there is anything you don t understand it ll become clear after reading the section again a few times Nothing really difficult is presented, which I guess is good because it didn t scare me off the topic However what you learn from the book is kind of a [...]
The best introduction on thermodynamics that I know of The author goes through all four of the laws of thermodynamics concisely, including their histories and development With that said a few minor gripes 1 I don t recall the arrow of time ever being mentioned you d think that would be worth getting across to a reader, concerning the Second Law.2 Given the book is aimed at the layman, there is probably a little too much mathematics in here.It s 100 pages and provides a near comprehensive introdu [...]
An explanation of the Laws of thermodynamics, it claims it is aimed at the layperson but I think at least an O Level in Physics is needed to even understand what is being explained, Interesting read but a bit heavy going seems to require a rest to absorb what has been read every couple of pages I thought I basically understood these laws and their consiquences, how wrong was I They are deeper and interesting than I thought, just like reletivity laws, explaining such phenomenon as why absolute z [...]