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The 2nd Law: Energy, Chaos, and Form (Scientific American Library Series #10)

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All natural change is subject to one law. It's the second law of thermodynamics. In this volume, the acclaimed chemist and science writer P. W. Atkins shows how this single, simple principle of energy transformation accounts for all natural change. Moving from the steam engine to the nuclear age, the narrative is full of vivid examples, ideas, and images--but virtually no ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 15th 1994 by W. H. Freeman (first published January 1st 1984)
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Nov 14, 2016 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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برای من قانون دوم ترمودینامیک همیشه یکی از فلسفی ترین جنبه های فیزیک بوده. این قانون همه جای فرایند های سازنده جهان هستی حضور داره و طبق اون همیشه انتروپی جهان در حال افزایشه. این ایده که همه فرایندها حتی حیات وابسته به این قانون و افزایش بی وقفه بی نظمی و اتلاف انرژی هستند بعضی وقتا ترسناک به نظر میرسه. در این کتاب مفاهیم قانون دوم و انتروپی و افزایش بی وقفه آشوب و بینظمی به شکلی بسیار زیبا و نسبتا ساده توضیح داده شده. اگر کمی از مباحث انتروپی دروس شیمی و فیزیک دبیرستان یادتون مونده و هنوز هم ع ...more
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Just reread this book from the early 80s, published as part of a series from Scientific American. I remember thinking it was super profound and important when I read it the first time. This time it seemed to go way too slowly and didn't contain anything surprising. So maybe I remember every single thing I learned from it and all of it stuck. I may also have a shorter attention span now after a decade or two of internet surfing. I do think I took time to enjoy a book more back then. Has anyone el ...more
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Jun 16, 2016 Joe B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are some lovely colour illustrations here almost showing how it works (just imagine a planar Rubik Cube and its growth from perfect order to the partly random to .. total chaos!! He links it very early and comprehensively with heat engines. It is not too mathematical, and Atkins writes clearly enough.
Jul 26, 2015 Bart rated it really liked it
An excellent and interdisciplinary introduction to thermodynamics, particularly as it applies to steam engines and disorder.
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Peter Atkins is a fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford and the author of about 70 books for students and a general audience. His texts are market leaders around the globe. A frequent lecturer in the United States and throughout the world, he has held visiting professorships in France, Israel, Japan, China, and New Zealand. He was the founding chairman of the Committee on Chemistry Educa ...more
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