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Refrigerator and the Universe: Understanding the Laws of Energy

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C. P. Snow once remarked that not knowing the second law of thermodynamics is like never having read Shakespeare. Yet, while many people grasp the first law of energy, "Energy can neither be created nor destroyed," few recognize the second, "Entropy can only increase." What is entropy anyway, and why must it increase? Whether we want to know how a device as simple as a refrigerator works or understand the fate of the universe, we must start with the concepts of energy and entropy. In The Refrigerator and the Universe, Martin and Inge Goldstein explain the laws of thermodynamics for science buffs and neophytes alike. They begin with a lively presentation of the historical development of thermodynamics. The authors then show how the laws follow from the atomic theory of matter and give examples of their applicability to such diverse phenomena as the radiation of light from hot bodies, the formation of diamonds from graphite, how the blood carries oxygen, and the history of the earth. The laws of energy, the Goldsteins conclude, have something to say about everything, even if they do not tell us everything about anything.

In The Refrigerator and the Universe, Martin and Inge Goldstein explain the laws of thermodynamics for science buffs and neophytes alike. They begin with a lively presentation of the historical development of thermodynamics. The authors then show how the laws follow from the atomic theory of matter and give examples of their applicability to such diverse phenomena as the radiation of light from hot bodies, the formation of diamonds from graphite, how the blood carries oxygen, and the history of the earth. The laws of energy, the Goldsteins conclude, have something to say about everything, even if they do not tell us everything about anything.

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This book explains the laws of thermodynamics for science buffs and neophytes alike. The authors begin with a lively presentation of the historical development of thermodynamics and then show how the laws follow from the atomic theory of matter. The authors then give examples of the laws applicability to such diverse phenomena as the radiation of light from hot bodies, the formation of diamonds from graphite, how the blood carries oxygen, and the history of the earth.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [413]-419) and index.

About the Author

Martin Goldstein, is former Professor of Chemistry at <>Yeshiva University.Inge F. Goldsteinis Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health in Epidemiology, <>Columbia University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674753259
With:
Goldstein, Inge F.
Author:
Goldstein, Inge F.
Author:
Goldstein, Martin
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Force and energy
Subject:
Entropy
Subject:
Entropy (Information theory)
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
Science : Chemistry - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Harvard University Press paperback ed.
Publication Date:
March 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 halftones, 77 line illustrations, 18 t
Pages:
446
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 22 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This book explains the laws of thermodynamics for science buffs and neophytes alike. The authors begin with a lively presentation of the historical development of thermodynamics and then show how the laws follow from the atomic theory of matter. The authors then give examples of the laws applicability to such diverse phenomena as the radiation of light from hot bodies, the formation of diamonds from graphite, how the blood carries oxygen, and the history of the earth.
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