Entropy Demystified: the Second Law Reduced to Plain Common Sense by Arieh Ben-naimEntropy Demystified: the Second Law Reduced to Plain Common Sense by Arieh Ben-naim

Entropy Demystified: the Second Law Reduced to Plain Common Sense

byArieh Ben-naim

Paperback | June 18, 2008

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In this unique book, the reader is invited to experience the joy of appreciating something which has eluded understanding for many years — entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The book has a two-pronged message: first, that the second law is not infinitely incomprehensible as commonly stated in most textbooks on thermodynamics, but can, in fact, be comprehended through sheer common sense; and second, that entropy is not a mysterious quantity that has resisted understanding but a simple, familiar and easily comprehensible concept.Written in an accessible style, the book guides the reader through an abundance of dice games and examples from everyday life. The author paves the way for readers to discover for themselves what entropy is, how it changes, and, most importantly, why it always changes in one direction in a spontaneous process.In this new edition, seven simulated games are included so that the reader can actually experiment with the games described in the book. These simulated games are meant to enhance the readers' understanding and sense of joy upon discovering the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Title:Entropy Demystified: the Second Law Reduced to Plain Common SenseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2008Publisher:World Scientific PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9812832254

ISBN - 13:9789812832252

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Common Sense Approach to Entropy In this easy-to-read book, the author explains the nature of entropy using vary basic probabilistic arguments. The author assumes that the reader knows no mathematics, nor has any knowledge of physics but can use ordinary common sense in reasoning things out. Most of the arguments make use of dice and coins until near the end where real systems, e.g., gasses, are discussed. The writing style is very clear, authoritative, highly accessible and friendly. Some concepts and conclusions are deliberately repeated; this can be quite useful to readers who are new to this subject. The book’s level is very basic and could be easily understood by any interested general reader or high school student.
Date published: 2010-02-11