The Resource A history of thermodynamics : the doctrine of energy and entropy, Ingo Müller, (electronic resource)

A history of thermodynamics : the doctrine of energy and entropy, Ingo Müller, (electronic resource)

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A history of thermodynamics : the doctrine of energy and entropy
Title
A history of thermodynamics
Title remainder
the doctrine of energy and entropy
Statement of responsibility
Ingo Müller
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
The development of thermodynamics in the second half of the 19th century has had a strong impact on both technology and natural philosophy. It is true that the steam engine for the conversion of heat into work existed before thermodynamics was developed as a branch of physics. However, the systematic theory improved the conversion process, and it succeeded in developing other processes essential to modern life, notably refrigeration and rectification. So, altogether thermodynamics has provided humanity with cheap energy, and cheap fuel, -- consequently with cheap, and abundant, and unspoiled food. Thus thermodynamics has made populations grow, and life expectancy increase beyond anything people could possibly have imagined 200 years ago. At the same time thermodynamics has uncovered the precarious balance between determinism and stochasticity which is essential to processes on earth, including life. The competition of those intentions is described by the doctrine of energy and entropy in thermodynamics; energy tends to force a system into one single state, and entropy tends to spread the system evenly over all possible states. These competing tendencies are weighted by temperature such that minimal energy determines cold systems. The knowledge gained by thermodynamic research led to quantum mechanics, whose rules become predominant at low temperatures, and to stellar physics, where temperature is high enough to make relativity theory essential. The expansion of thermodynamic technology and natural philosophy is reviewed in the book along with the struggles and fates of some of the engineers and physicists who pioneered the development
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MiAaPQ
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1936-
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Müller, Ingo
Dewey number
  • 536/.7
  • 621.4021
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
TJ265
LC item number
.M84 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Thermodynamics
  • Dynamics
Label
A history of thermodynamics : the doctrine of energy and entropy, Ingo Müller, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
Temperature -- Energy -- Entropy -- Entropy as S = k ln W -- Chemical Potentials -- Third Law of Thermodynamics -- Radiation Thermodynamics -- Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes -- Fluctuations -- Relativistic Thermodynamics -- Metabolism
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (338 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781280960031
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-540-46227-9
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (CKB)1000000000491725
  • (EBL)337604
  • (OCoLC)184984551
  • (SSID)ssj0000172346
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11165035
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000172346
  • (PQKBWorkID)10150797
  • (PQKB)10946930
  • (DE-He213)978-3-540-46227-9
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC337604
  • (EXLCZ)991000000000491725
Label
A history of thermodynamics : the doctrine of energy and entropy, Ingo Müller, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
Temperature -- Energy -- Entropy -- Entropy as S = k ln W -- Chemical Potentials -- Third Law of Thermodynamics -- Radiation Thermodynamics -- Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes -- Fluctuations -- Relativistic Thermodynamics -- Metabolism
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (338 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781280960031
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-540-46227-9
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)1000000000491725
  • (EBL)337604
  • (OCoLC)184984551
  • (SSID)ssj0000172346
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11165035
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000172346
  • (PQKBWorkID)10150797
  • (PQKB)10946930
  • (DE-He213)978-3-540-46227-9
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC337604
  • (EXLCZ)991000000000491725

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