Thermodynamics always rests upon some prior concepts of mechanics, especially the notion of mechanical power. While the older studies leave the mechanical context otherwise unspecified, perhaps so as to lend a specious generality to the discourse, modern theorists prefer to state the mechanical basis in detail. What they thereby lose in breadth, they more than gain in concreteness.
KeywordsPresent Configuration Dissipation Inequality Internal Dissipation Duhem Inequality General Axiom
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