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Four Laws That Do Not Drive the Universe: Elements of Thermodynamics for the Curious and Intelligent

by Arieh Ben-naim World Scientific
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Pbk 204 pages
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This book provides a clear and mystery-free presentation of the central concepts in thermodynamics — probability, entropy, Helmholtz energy and Gibbs energy. It presents the concepts of entropy, free energy and various formulations of the Second Law in a friendly, simple language. It is devoid of all kinds of fancy and pompous statements made by authors of popular science books who write on this subject.

The book focuses on the Four Laws of Thermodynamics. As it is said in the dedication page, this book is addressed to readers who might have already been exposed to Atkins' book having a similar title. It challenges both the title, and the contents of Atkins' book, the Four Laws That Drive The Universe. One can glean from the title of this new book that the author's views are diametrically opposed to the views of Atkins.

The book is addressed to any curious and intelligent reader. It aims to tickle, and hopefully to satisfy your curiosity. It also aims to challenge your gray matter, and to enrich your knowledge by telling you some facts and ideas regarding the Four Laws of Thermodynamics.


Readership: Anyone interested in the sciences, students, researchers; as well as layman.



    • List of Abbreviations

    • Preface

    • Acknowledgements

    • Introduction: Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics

    • The Zeroth Law (ZL)

    • The First Law (FL)

    • The Second Law (SL)

    • The Third Law (TL)

    • Which of the Four Laws Drive the Universe?

    • Notes

    • References and Suggested Reading

    • Index



Arieh Ben-Naim (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)