Four Laws That Drive the Universe

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OUP Oxford, Sep 6, 2007 - Science - 144 pages
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The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe. From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal, and from the unfurling of a leaf to the course of life itself - everything is directed and constrained by four simple laws. They establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself.Peter Atkins' powerful and compelling introduction explains what the laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics. Guiding the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law, he introduces the fascinating concept of entropy, and how it not only explains why your desk tends to get messier, but also how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe.

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User Review  - NielsenGW - LibraryThing

Peter Atkins’s Four Laws That Drive the Universe is a exploration of the fundamental concepts that make up the current laws of thermodynamics. There are four laws, and their purpose is to define the ... Read full review

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This little book is a gem. I have to admit that most of the students who have completed my first physical chemistry semester, which is all about thermodynamics, would benefit from reading this ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Peter Atkins is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lincoln College. He is the author of nearly 60 books, which include Galileo's finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science and the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry (now in its eighth edition). His other books include The Periodic Kingdom, Molecules, and the textbooks Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Principles, and Molecular Quantum Mechanics. He has been a visiting professor in France, Israel, New Zealand,and China, and continues to lecture widely throughout the world.

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