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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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Atkins, P.W. (Peter William), 1940-
Laws of thermodynamics.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2010278533
(OCoLC)467748903
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: P W Atkins
ISBN: 9780191573392 0191573396
OCLC Number: 714801448
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 103 pages) : illustrations.
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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Among the many laws of science, there are four laws that direct and constrain everything that happens in the Universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the unfurling of a leaf they help  Read more...

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