A New Perspective on Thermodynamics

Authors: Lavenda, Bernard H.

  • Reintroduces the important, yet nearly forgotten, teachings of N.L. Sadi Carnot
  • Brings the theory of thermodynamics up to the present time and indicates avenues of further development
  • Chronologically unravels the development of the principles of thermodynamics and how they were conceived by their discoverers
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About this book

Dr. Bernard H. Lavenda has written A New Perspective on Thermodynamics to combine an old look at thermodynamics with a new foundation. The book presents a historical perspective, which unravels the current presentation of thermodynamics found in standard texts, and which emphasizes the fundamental role that Carnot played in the development of thermodynamics.

A New Perspective on Thermodynamics will:

  • Chronologically unravel the development of the principles of thermodynamics and how they were conceived by their discoverers
  • Bring the theory of thermodynamics up to the present time and indicate areas of further development with the union of information theory and the theory of means and their inequalities. New areas include nonextensive thermodynamics, the thermodynamics of coding theory, multifractals, and strange attractors.
  • Reintroduce important, yet nearly forgotten, teachings of N.L. Sardi Carnot
  • Highlight conceptual flaws in timely topics such as endoreversible engines, finite-time thermodynamics, geometrization of thermodynamics, and nonequilibrium work from equilibrium free energy differences.

Dr. Bernard H. Lavenda is Professor of Physical Chemistry at Universita degli Studi di Camerino, Italy. He is recipient of the 2009 Telesio-Galeli Prize in Physics for his work on irreversible thermodynamics.

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“In six chapters, the author describes the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, starting from Carnot’s works and ending with nonextensive thermodynamics. … Throughout the whole book, the author shows the power of Carnot works. He always quotes citations and computations from these original works, then considering criticisms and possible extensions. Students and researchers involved in the fundamentals of thermodynamics will surely be interested by this historical presentation of the thermodynamics starting from the pioneering works by Carnot and going to some recent extensions.” (Alain Brillard, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1186, 2010)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Predecessors of Carnot

    Lavenda, Bernard H.

    Pages 1-15

  • Thermodynamics from Carnot to Clausius and Kelvin

    Lavenda, Bernard H.

    Pages 17-46

  • Thermodynamics in a Carnot Equation

    Lavenda, Bernard H.

    Pages 47-70

  • Equivalence of First and Second Laws

    Lavenda, Bernard H.

    Pages 71-115

  • Work from Nonequilibrium Systems

    Lavenda, Bernard H.

    Pages 117-143

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A New Perspective on Thermodynamics
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-1430-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-1430-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1429-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8404-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 207
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