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Publisher Comments:

Only in the early 19th century did scientists recognize that energy is a distinct physical quality. Since then however, it has played a pivotal role in the advancement and the understanding of science and in technology. From the steam engine to the equation e=mc2 and beyond, the concept of energy offers an essential key to our understanding of the Universe. In this entertaining and highly readable book, Professor Laidler explains the concept of energy and its characteristics as they were discovered over the past two centuries. He describes how energy transformations as interpreted by the second law of thermodynamics are not absolute but can only be understood in terms of chance and probability. After looking at energy on a small scale and then at the scale of the Universe itself, he shows how these topics are linked with chaos theory according to which the unexpected is inevitable.

Book News Annotation:

For general readers with no particular knowledge of any science, Laidler (chemistry, U. of Ottawa) relates some aspects of the scientific understanding of energy. He takes a historical approach to illustrate how scientists came to their current beliefs, and uses some simple equations. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [141]-142) and index.

About the Author

Keith J. Laidler is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He has received many honours and awards and is the author of several textbooks on physical chemistry.

Table of Contents

Preface


A few points about mathematics


1. Steam engines and artillery


2. Red blood and electric motors


3. Steam engines revisited


4. The second law of thermodynamics


5. Maxwell's demon


6. Chance and the distribution of energy


7. Packets of energy


8. Energy equals mc2


9. Energy and the universe


10. Chaos: the science of the unexpected


Suggested reading


Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780198525165
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford
Author:
Laidler, Keith James
Author:
Laidler, Keith J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Energy
Subject:
Force and energy
Subject:
Chaotic Behavior in Systems
Subject:
History, Other | History of Technology
Series Volume:
EPA-600/7-76-020
Publication Date:
20030508
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
31 halftones and line drawings
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.48x6.42x.68 in. .89 lbs.

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