Carnot’s Theorem and Absolute Temperature

  • Paul Needham
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 277)


This work W can be positive, zero or negative.

The Carnot cycle s for which W is zero and the Carnot cycles for which W is negative are the subject of two hypotheses, one due to Clausius and the other to Sir W. Thomson.


Heat Release Thermic Effect External Action Reversible Change Additional Hypothesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. PhilosophyUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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