Four Laws That Drive The Universe by Peter Atkins

Four Laws That Drive The Universe

byPeter Atkins

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The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establishfundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself. Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why yourdesk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.

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Peter Atkins is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lincoln College. He is the author of nearly 60 books, which include Galileo's finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science and the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry (now in its eighth edition). His other books include The Periodic Kingdom, Molecules, a...
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Title:Four Laws That Drive The UniverseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue1. THE ZEROTH LAW: the concept of temperature2. THE FIRST LAW: the conservation of energy3. THE SECOND LAW: the increase in entropy4. FREE ENERGY: the availability of work5. THE THIRD LAW: the unattainability of zeroConclusion

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"I found it an enjoyable and informative read- a worthwhile attempt to popularize a cornerstone subject of modern science without trivializing it at the same time."--Chemistry World "A wonderful book that I wish I had read at university."--Marcus Chown, New Scientist "Highly recommended for all levels." J. A. Bartz, Choice "The lucid text and clear figures offer readers a firm understanding of energy and entropy."--Science