Warmth Disperses And Time Passes: The History Of Heat

Paperback | June 10, 1999

byHans Christian Von Baeyer

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If you want to know what's happening in the world, follow the heat.

Why can't your coffee "steal" heat from the air to stay piping hot? Why can't Detroit make a car that's 100 percent efficient? Why can't some genius make a perpetual motion machine? The answers lie in the field of thermodynamics, the study of heat, which turns out to be the key to an astonishing number of scientific puzzles, including why time inexorably runs in only one direction.
        
In Warmth Disperses and Time Passes: The History of Heat, physics professor Hans Christian von Baeyer tells the story of heat through the lives of the scientists who discovered it. With his trademark elegant prose, eye for lively detail, and gift for lucid explanation, Professor von Baeyer turns the contemplation of a cooling coffee cup into a beguiling portrait of the birth of a science with relevance to almost every aspect of our lives.

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It’s hot... it’s steamy... and it’s passionate -- about the history and science of heat, that is. Physics professor and award-winning author Hans Christian von Baeyer brings to life the scientists who discovered heat in Warmth Disperses and Time Passes. Light and witty in tone, the book covers thermodynamic principles, quantum theory a...

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If you want to know what's happening in the world, follow the heat.Why can't your coffee "steal" heat from the air to stay piping hot? Why can't Detroit make a car that's 100 percent efficient? Why can't some genius make a perpetual motion machine? The answers lie in the field of thermodynamics, the study of heat, which turns out to be...

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If you want to know what's happening in the world, follow the heat. Why can't your coffee "steal" heat from the air to stay piping hot? Why can't Detroit make a car that's 100 percent efficient? Why can't some genius make a perpetual motion machine? The answers lie in the field of thermodynamics, the study of heat, which turns out to b...

Hans Christian von Baeyer is Chancellor Professor of Physics at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and their two daughters. He is the recipient of the Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Magazine Award. His previous boo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:June 10, 1999Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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It’s hot... it’s steamy... and it’s passionate -- about the history and science of heat, that is. Physics professor and award-winning author Hans Christian von Baeyer brings to life the scientists who discovered heat in Warmth Disperses and Time Passes. Light and witty in tone, the book covers thermodynamic principles, quantum theory and information theory. The author ensures laymen, as well as students of the sciences can appreciate what this book has to offer.

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"Hans von Baeyer's writing style is so compelling that it would induce even the most scientifically naïve reader to care about the laws of thermodynamics."--Publishers Weekly, starred review"Professor von Baeyer is a prime candidate for best wordsmith among popularizers of physics, composing prose that is elegant, economical and, above all, civilized."--Physics Today"Hans von Baeyer uses common sense and familiar observations as a tool for exploring deep scientific principles."--Library Journal, Best Sci-Tech Books of 1998"Hans Christian von Baeyer has published a highly readable, highly humanized account of the second law of thermodynamics. He gives what could be an abstract and difficult discussion a profoundly human tone."--The Boston Globe