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The laws of thermodynamics : a very short introduction

Author: P W Atkins
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Very short introductions, 226.
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"From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas or the cooling of tea, to the unfolding of a thought in our minds and even the course of life itself, everything is governed by the four Laws of Thermodynamics. These laws specify the nature of 'energy' and 'temperature', and establish the arrow of time: why things change and why death must come." "Originally published as Four Laws that Drive the Universe, this topic is  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P W Atkins
ISBN: 9780199572199 0199572194
OCLC Number: 467748903
Notes: "First published in hardback as Four laws that drive the universe, 2007, first published as a Very short introduction in 2010"--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 103 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Contents: 1. The zeroth law : the concept of temperature --
2. The first law : the conservation of energy --
3. The second law : the increase in entropy --
4. Free energy : the availability of work --
5. The third law : the unattainability of zero.
Series Title: Very short introductions, 226.
Responsibility: Peter Atkins.
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