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The Second Law

(Scientific American Library Series #10)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 principal 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
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published 1984 by W.H. Freeman & Company
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Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Nov 09, 2016 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 براساس این قانون همیشه انتروپی جهان در حال افزایشه.فکر کردن به این ایده که همه فرایندهای جهان هستی حتی حیات تحت سیطره ی این قانون هستند و افزایش بی وقفه بی نظمی و اتلاف انرژی در همه حال و درهر فرایندی باید صورت بگیره 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. ...more
Roberto Rigolin F Lopes
We are in 1984, Atkins starts with the hypothesis that "all natural change is subject to one law". The second law of thermodynamics. Terrific. Because this book is a fine craft of a masterful teacher discussing a fundamental law of nature using accessible language and tons of illustrations. This is rare, a very good use of solar energy by a human being. He starts showing how heat flows within the simplest engine. I mean it. He SHOWS natures dissymmetry with striking illustrations (say using Mark ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب توسط پیتر اتکینز در سال۱۹۸۴ نوشته شد و سپس در سال ۱۹۹۴ توسط خودش تغییرات جزیی پیدا کرد. این کتاب قانون دوم ترمودینامیک رو با جزییات بسیار توضیح میده البته همراه با سه قانون دیگه چون چهار قانون ترمودینامیک مستقل از هم نیستن مکمل همدیگن.
اما متن و توضیحات کتاب خیلی روون نیست و ممکنه برای کسی که دیدی از ترمودینامیک نداره سخت باشه چون یکمی گنگه و اگه با زبون ساده تری توضیح میداد بهتر بود. به علاوه اینکه این کتاب اصلا ترجمه خوبی نداره بخاطر همین این دو باعث شدن که این کتاب جز آهسته ترین و سخت
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really accessible text on the 2nd Law and how it affects everything around us.
Joe B
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more

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