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The Law of Mass Action (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 30/10/2012
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'Why are atoms so small?' asks 'naive physicist' in Erwin Schrodinger's book 'What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell'. 'The question is wrong' answers the author, 'the actual problem is why we are built of such an enormous number of these particles'. The idea that everything is built of atoms is quite an old one. It seems that l Democritus himself borrowed it from some obscure Phoenician source . The arguments for the existence of small indivisible units of matter were quite simple. 2 According to Lucretius observable matter would disappear by 'wear and tear' (the world exists for a sufficiently long, if not infinitely long time) unless there are some units which cannot be further split into parts. th However, in the middle of the 19 century any reference to the atomic structure of matter was considered among European physicists as a sign of extremely bad taste and provinciality. The hypothesis of the ancient Greeks (for Lucretius had translated Epicurean philosophy into Latin hexameters) was at that time seen as bringing nothing positive to exact science. The properties of gaseous, liquid and solid bodies, as well as the behaviour of heat and energy, were successfully described by the rapidly developing science of thermodynamics.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783642624940
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 534 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200


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J.AM. Chem. Soc., Vol. 124, No. 6, 2002: (...) The interested student may ask, "Where do I go from here? How do I handle nonideal gases and the most nonideal of gases, liquids and solids?". For this subset of students, this book is perfect. It reviews what needs to be reviewed and deals with the harder topics of chemical equilibrium in states that are less convenient than the ideal gas state. (...) For advanced, mathematically competent students, this is the perfect text. Carl David, University of Connecticut

"What can one say about a wonderful book ... . The Law of Mass Action represents the culminating relationship of standard chemical thermodynamics, a sort of crown jewel of abstract reasoning putting the Gibbs' free energy at the service of chemical equilibrium. ... It reviews (succinctly) what needs to be reviewed and deals with the harder topics of chemical equilibrium in states that are less convenient than the ideal gas state. ... For advanced, mathematically competent students, this is the perfect text." (Carl David, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 124 (6), 2002)

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