Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Principles of Thermodynamics: By "N. D. Hari Dass"

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The great German physicist Arnold Sommerfeld, in the preface to his book Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, had this to say: “In contrast to classical mechanics, thermodynamics has withstood the quantum revolution without having its foundations shaken.” A similar sentiment is echoed in the American physicist Arthur Wightman’s tribute to Gibbs that “his contributions have survived 100 years of turbulent developments in theoretical physics.” It is this resilience that makes a study of thermodynamics such a rewarding experience. In fact, not only did thermodynamics survive the revolutionary developments of quantum theory, it, in the hands of the great masters Planck and Einstein, played midwife to the very birth of quantum theory. Behind this resilience lies the great generality of the principles of thermodynamics. Usually when principles are too general, their effectiveness gets limited. But in the case of thermodynamics, its impact both on scientific thought as well as its practical impact have been unmatched by any other field of science. As for the latter aspect, the applications of thermodynamics range over physics, chemistry and engineering, and of late over biology and even black holes! 

Guide for readers and teachers
Chapter 1:
The Beginnings
Chapter 2: First Law—The E = Mc2 of Thermodynamics
Chapter 3: The Second and Third Laws
Chapter 4: Carnot Cycles - The Turing Machines of Thermodynamics
Chapter 5: Specific Heats: Magnificent Bridges
Chapter 6: Structure of Thermodynamic Theories
Chapter 7: Thermodynamic Potentials and Maxwell Relations
Chapter 8: Magnetic Systems
Chapter 9: Dilute Solutions
Chapter 10: Phases and Their Equilibria
Chapter 11: The Clapeyron Equation
Chapter 12: The van der Waals Equation
Chapter 13: The Critical Point
Chapter 14: Approach to Absolute Zero
Chapter 15: Entropy Constants
Chapter 16: Some Mathematical Aspects of Thermodynamics
Subject Index
Name Index 

Author Details
" N. D. Hari Dass"

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