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Fundamental Theories of Physics

Challenges to The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Theory and Experiment

Authors: Capek, Vladislav, Sheehan, Daniel P.

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The second law of thermodynamics is considered one of the central laws of science, engineering and technology. For over a century it has been assumed to be inviolable by the scientific community. Over the last 10-20 years, however, more than two dozen challenges to it have appeared in the physical literature - more than during any other period in its 150-year history. The number and variety of these represent a cogent threat to its absolute status. This is the first book to document and critique these modern challenges. Written by two leading exponents of this rapidly emerging field, it covers the theoretical and experimental aspects of principal challenges. In addition, unresolved foundational issues concerning entropy and the second law are explored. This book should be of interest to anyone whose work or research is touched by the second law.

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"This volume, appropriately entitled Challenges, was a collaboration … . It is extraordinarily well researched and beautifully organized; it may be approached on many levels by students and ‘lay’ people … . It should also be read by experienced theoretical physicists, chemists and mathematicians and by experimental physicists … . The various typefaces, paper stock and binding are all good. With its many illustrations and few equations this book will be a useful supplement to any elementary course in thermodynamics … ." (Daniel C. Mattis, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 20 (3), 2006)

"Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics are two of the most difficult concepts for the student of physics. … In the main, Challenges to the second law of thermodynamics is an excellent piece of work which should provide an adequate coverage of this intriguing topic to advanced students and researchers in physics." (P. Narayana Swamy, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 b)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Entropy and the Second Law

    Pages 1-34

  • Challenges (1870–1980)

    Pages 35-52

  • Modern Quantum Challenges: Theory

    Pages 53-116

  • Low-Temperature Experiments and Proposals

    Pages 117-143

  • Modern Classical Challenges

    Pages 145-174

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Challenges to The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Book Subtitle
Theory and Experiment
Authors
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
146
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3016-1
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3016-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3015-4
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6768-5
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 356
Topics