The Entropy Principle

Thermodynamics for the Unsatisfied

Authors: Thess, André

  • Offers a fresh look on entropy as well as a new view of the entropy principle
  • Based on the recently published Lieb-Yngvason Theory of Thermodynamics
  • Author has taught thermodynamics and heta and mass transfer to students of engineering, chemistry, and physics for years
  • Helps make entropy, the key concept of thermodynamics, understandable
  • Serves as both a textbook and guide for graduate students and researchers in engineering, physics and chemistry
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About this book

Entropy – the key concept of thermodynamics, clearly explained and carefully illustrated. This book presents an accurate definition of entropy in classical thermodynamics which does not “put the cart before the horse” and is suitable for basic and advanced university courses in thermodynamics. Entropy is the most important and at the same time the most difficult term of thermodynamics to understand. Many students are discontent with its classical definition since it is either based on “temperature” and “heat” which both cannot be accurately defined without entropy, or since it includes concepts such as “molecular disorder” which does not fit in a macroscopic theory. The physicists Elliott Lieb and Jakob Yngvason have recently developed a new formulation of thermodynamics which is free of these problems. The Lieb-Yngvason formulation of classical thermodynamics is based on the concept of adiabatic accessibility and culminates in the entropy principle. The entropy principle represents the accurate mathematical formulation of the second law of thermodynamics. Temperature becomes a derived quantity whereas ”heat” is no longer needed. This book makes the Lieb-Yngvason theory accessible to students. The presentation is supplemented by seven illustrative examples which explain the application of entropy and the entropy principle in practical problems in science and engineering.

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“This book attempts to describe the work of Elliott Lieb (mathematical physicist) and Jakob Yngvason (theoretical physicist) on entropy and the second law of thermodynamics from an axiomatic or logical point of view, without the need of the concept of temperature or heat engines. … a supplemental resource that can greatly enhance an understanding of entropy. Summing Up: Recommended. Primarily physics upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty, but also history of science graduate students … .” (J. Lambropoulos, Choice, Vol. 49 (2), October, 2011)

“The new book is written as supplementary material to existing textbooks in thermodynamics. It is primarily intended for students who find the traditional definition of entropy unsatisfactory. … The present book is accessible to undergraduate students as well as to other scientists and engineers interested in the fundamentals of thermodynamics.” (Claudia-Veronika Meister, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1216, 2011)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Entropy Principle
Book Subtitle
Thermodynamics for the Unsatisfied
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-13349-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-13349-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-13348-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43613-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 180
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