A Commentary on Thermodynamics

  • William Alan Day

Part of the Springer Tracts in Natural Philosophy book series (STPHI, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 93-97

About this book


The aim of this book is to comment on, and clarify, the mathematical aspects of the theory of thermodynamics. The standard presentations of the subject are often beset by a number of obscurities associated with the words "state", "reversible", "irreversible", and "quasi-static". This book is written in the belief that such obscurities are best removed not by the formal axiomatization of thermodynamics, but by setting the theory in the wider context of a genuine field theory which incorporates the effects of heat conduction and intertia, and proving appropriate results about the governing differential equations of this field theory. Even in the simplest one-dimensional case it is a nontrivial task to carry through the details of this program, and many challenging problems remain open.


differential equation elasticity field theory thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • William Alan Day
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  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6434-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8550-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0081-3877
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