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The Theory of Heat Radiationby Max Planck
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:The profoundly original ideas introduced by Nobel laureate Max Planck in this endeavor to reconcile the electromagnetic theory of radiation with experimental facts have proved to be of the greatest importance. Few modern introductions to the theory of heat radiation can match this work for precision, care, and attention to details of proof. Although Planck originally intended the book to be simply the connected account of ten years of study, he soon expanded it to a treatise which could serve as an introduction to the study of the entire theory of radiant heat in terms of the recently discovered principle of quantum action. He states his point of view in the introduction: "The hypothesis of quanta … may be reduced to the simple proposition that the thermodynamic probability of a physical state is a definite integral number, or, what amounts to the same thing, that the entropy of a state has quite a definite positive value, which, as a minimum, becomes zero, while in contrast therewith, the energy may, according to the classical thermodynamics, decrease without limit to minus infinity." Although several other points of fundamental value in thermodynamics are included, the book is basically a rigorous elaboration of this fundamental idea. The treatment starts from the simple known experimental laws of optics and advances, by gradual extension and the addition of the results of electrodynamics and thermodynamics, to the problems of spectral distribution of energy and of reversibility. Book News Annotation:A reprint of the 1959 Morton Masius translation of the second edition (P. Blakiston Son & Co., 1914) of Planck's (18581947) classic exposition of the entire theory of radiant heat in terms of the then recently discovered principle of quantum action.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Synopsis:Nobel laureate's classic exposition of the theory of radiant heat in terms of quantum action. Kirchoff's law, black radiation, Maxwell's radiation pressure, entropy, other topics. 1914 edition. Bibliography. Synopsis:Nobel laureate's classic exposition of the theory of radiant heat in terms of quantum action. Kirchoff's law, black radiation, Maxwell's radiation pressure, entropy, other topics. 1914 edition. Bibliography.
Table of ContentsPART I FUNDAMENTAL FACTS AND DEFINITIONS
I. General Introduction II. Radiation at Thermodynamic Equilibrium. Kirchhoff's Law. Black Radiation PART II DEDUCTIONS FROM ELECTRODYNAMICS AND THERMODYNAMICS I. Maxwell's Radiation Pressure II. StefanBoltzmann Law of Radiation III. Wien's Displacement Law IV. Radiation of any Arbitrary Spectral Distribution of Energy. Entropy and Temperature of Monochromatic Radiation V. Electrodynamical Processes in a Stationary Field of Radiation PART III ENTROPY AND PROBABILITY I. Fundamental Definitions and Laws. Hypothesis of Quanta II. Ideal Monatomic Gases III. Ideal Linear Oscillators IV. Direct Calculation of the Entropy in the Case of Thermodynamic Equilibrium PART IV A SYSTEM OF OSCILLATORS IN A STATIONARY FIELD OF RADIATION I. The Elementary Dynamical Law for the Vibrations of an Ideal Oscillator. Hypothesis of Emission of Quanta II. Absorbed Energy III. Emitted Energy. Stationary State IV. The Law of the Normal Distribution of Energy. Elementary Quanta of Matter and Electricity PART V IRREVERSIBLE RADIATION PROCESSES I. Fields of Radiation in General II. One Oscillator in the Field of Radiation III. A System of Oscillators IV. Conservation of Energy and Increase of Entropy. Conclusion List of Papers on Heat Radiation and the Hypothesis of Quanta by the Author Appendices Errata What Our Readers Are SayingBe the first to add a comment for a chance to win!Product Details
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