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Block by Block: The Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Thermodynamics

Robert T. Hanlon

Abstract

At the heart of many fields—physics, chemistry, engineering—lays thermodynamics. While this science plays a critical role in determining the boundary between what is and is not possible in the natural world, it occurs to many as an indecipherable black box, thus making the subject a challenge to learn. Two obstacles contribute to this situation, the first being the disconnect between the fundamental theories and the underlying physics and the second being the confusing concepts and terminologies involved with the theories. While one needn’t confront either of these two obstacles to successfull ... More

Keywords: Big Bang, atomic theory, thermodynamics, energy, conservation of energy, first law of thermodynamics, entropy, second law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, statistical mechanics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851547.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert T. Hanlon, author
Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering Practice, MIT, Massachusetts, USA

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