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Thermal Physics (Student Physics S.) [Hardcover]

C.B.P. Finn
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April 1986 Student Physics S.
Thermodynamics forms an essential part of any physical sciences degree yet it is so full of pitfalls and subtleties that many students fail to appreciate its elegance and power. In "Thermal Physics" the author lays emphasis on understanding the fundamental ideas. He shows that the thermodynamic results can be obtained from the fundamental relations without getting lost in partial differentials, just by reading the thermodynamic signposts. In this second edition Dr Finn has introduced new sections on scales of temperature, availability, the degredation of energy and lattice defects. The text is illustrated and contains worked examples, including applications to physics, engineering, chemistry and biology. There are useful appendices and an extensive section of exercises (with answers) for the student. This book should be of interest to first year students of physics and applied physics at universities/polytechnics/colleges of FE; also of relevance to engineering and chemistry students.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC (April 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0710208030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0710208033
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,059,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had the privilege of being taught thermodynamics by Professor Finn at Sussex University (he sold us the books at cost which was a blessing to us poor students). All his lectures showed his profound understanding of the subject matter (I also took his class on Newtonian mechanics) and he remains one of the best lecturers I ever studied under.
This book is without doubt the best text book I have ever had the pleasure of reading and I still refer to my original copy, a prized possession.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Textbook for University Course 27 May 2013
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And it really is a very, very good textbook. It covers pretty much as aspects and Thermodynamics and connects with Statistical physics really well. Everything is written clearly and very easy to get your head around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books in thermo 20 Mar 2010
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We used this book as a textbook for a thermodynamics course in 3rd year undergraduate in Edinburgh Uni, and it is probably one of the most readable books in the subject I have found.

Simply agree with the description given Keith in a previous review. However I think it is way too expensive, even tho the content is great, the book looks like a normal thin novel-like type of book, in black and white and a cheap cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book 18 Jan 2010
By Keith
My opinion may be swayed since my 2nd year Physics degree Thermodynamics course was clearly based almost entirely around this book.

That said, I found the content and style of writing very straight forward and to the point, with plenty of worked examples and easy-to-follow proofs and derivations. The chapters are set out pretty intuitively, and each chapter includes many of the significant theorems, statements and processes relevant to that part of thermodynamics. This book is about classical thermodyniamics, and only makes passing references to statistical mechanics. If you want a book about stat mech then this is not it.

Certainly worth the £23 I paid for it, and sure to be a handy reference book in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thermal Physics Review 10 April 2011
Fast delivery, excellent price especially for a hardback edition. Although the book is used it really doesn't matter. The old coloured pages make it easier on the eyes ;) Book in great condition and the seller left a nice message for me. Will definitely buy again from this seller. Good job!
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