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Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Applications: With Historical Annotations and Many Citations from Avogadro to Zermelo (Hardback)
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Applications: With Historical Annotations and Many Citations from Avogadro to Zermelo (Hardback)

Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Applications: With Historical Annotations and Many Citations from Avogadro to Zermelo (Hardback)

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Hardback 404 Pages / Published: 11/05/2009
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Thermodynamics is the much abused slave of many masters * physicists who love the totally impractical Carnot process, * mechanical engineers who design power stations and refrigerators, * chemists who are successfully synthesizing ammonia and are puzzled by photosynthesis, * meteorologists who calculate cloud bases and predict foehn, boraccia and scirocco, * physico-chemists who vulcanize rubber and build fuel cells, * chemical engineers who rectify natural gas and distil f- mented potato juice, * metallurgists who improve steels and harden surfaces, * - trition counselors who recommend a proper intake of calories, * mechanics who adjust heat exchangers, * architects who construe - and often misconstrue - ch- neys, * biologists who marvel at the height of trees, * air conditioning engineers who design saunas and the ventilation of air plane cabins, * rocket engineers who create supersonic flows, et cetera. Not all of these professional groups need the full depth and breadth of ther- dynamics. For some it is enough to consider a well-stirred tank, for others a s- tionary nozzle flow is essential, and yet others are well-served with the partial d- ferential equation of heat conduction. It is therefore natural that thermodynamics is prone to mutilation; different group-specific meta-thermodynamics' have emerged which serve the interest of the groups under most circumstances and leave out aspects that are not often needed in their fields.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783540746454
Number of pages: 404
Weight: 866 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm
Edition: 2009 ed.


From the reviews:

"The book is divided in twelve chapters which describe the fundamentals of thermodynamics and many applications, mainly in machines or chemical reactions. ... The whole book is also illustrated with many figures and many historical notes concerning the pioneers of the thermodynamics. Engineers will find here an historical complete introduction of thermodynamics going to modern developments. Mathematicians involved in partial differential equations (pde) will find the physical and historical context which leads to the famous heat or wave equations, among other pdes." (Alain Brillard, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1168, 2009)

"This is a remarkable book, which presents in a systematic way the fundamental aspects of classical thermodynamics. ... The interesting feature of the book is that all applications are described using the rigorous concepts of thermodynamics. The book contains also many historical annotations and many mini-biographies of the pioneers. ... The authors formulate and exploit the second law of thermodynamics, together with the concept of entropy. ... The book ends with some studies about flames, linear viscoelasticity and shape memory alloys." (Elvira Barbera, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 b)

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