A New Perspective on Thermodynamics

  • Bernard H.¬†Lavenda

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  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
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About this book


Dr. Bernard H. Lavenda has written A New Perspective on Thermodynamics to combine an old look at thermodynamics with a new foundation. The book presents a historical perspective, which unravels the current presentation of thermodynamics found in standard texts, and which emphasizes the fundamental role that Carnot played in the development of thermodynamics.

A New Perspective on Thermodynamics will:

  • Chronologically unravel the development of the principles of thermodynamics and how they were conceived by their discoverers
  • Bring the theory of thermodynamics up to the present time and indicate areas of further development with the union of information theory and the theory of means and their inequalities. New areas include nonextensive thermodynamics, the thermodynamics of coding theory, multifractals, and strange attractors.
  • Reintroduce important, yet nearly forgotten, teachings of N.L. Sardi Carnot
  • Highlight conceptual flaws in timely topics such as endoreversible engines, finite-time thermodynamics, geometrization of thermodynamics, and nonequilibrium work from equilibrium free energy differences.

Dr. Bernard H. Lavenda is Professor of Physical Chemistry at Universita degli Studi di Camerino, Italy. He is recipient of the 2009 Telesio-Galeli Prize in Physics for his work on irreversible thermodynamics.


Carnot's thermodynamics Kelvin's absolute scale energetic transformations foundations of thermodynamics history of thermodynamics laws of thermodynamics thermodynamic perturbation theory thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Bernard H.¬†Lavenda
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  1. 1.Università CamerinoCamerinoItaly

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-1429-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-1430-9
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