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Thermodynamics (Dover Books on Physics)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2010
I study Physics at University and this book was incredibly helpful in forming a complete understanding of Thermodynamics. The book follows a very mathemtical style by coming to conclusions from basic premises which are well explained. Fermi does an excellent job in explaining the concepts (which is ofcourse more important than knowing how to manipulate symbols with rules as is normally done when the real physics isn't understood).

I read the book along side my second year Thermodynamics course. The course sort of gave me a vague idea but the book really made the ideas concrete (as well as solving problems from my course). The book is fairly small and contains little in the way of practice material. The book covers the 4 laws, explains Carnot cycles, Claussius' inequaility, thermodynamic potentials (free energy and Gibbs function covered in slightly more detail) and some other useful material for chemists.

I would recommend this book to anybody who is studying a course in thermodynamics. A lot of the mathematics uses line/loop integrals, exact/perfect differentials and partial derivatives. So to get the most out of the book a rudimentary understanding of those mathematical techniques would be useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2013
Exemplar for clarity, these lectures by Fermi introduce to the fundamentals of thermodynamics. Very useful to students and stimulating for researchers.
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This is a classic science book by one of the great physicists of all time, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the chief developers of quantum mechanics - Enrico Fermi. The text is elementary in treatment and remarkable for its clarity and organization. It covers the core of thermodynamics - thermodynamic systems, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, ideal and real gases, and other core topics.

Everyone should read this book to be a well rounded person. At 150 pages, it's pretty easy to go through. From my own experience this book can be worked through in two full nights. I did that right before the exams. :)

I've placed this book #14 in my Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science books list:

http://www.catonmat.net/blog/top-100-books-part-three/

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2012
Thermodynamics is a fascinating subject. I like this book because it proves every equation it gives, and you can sort of work some out. These kind of proofs are sort of weird at first because it makes some very simple statements, introduces a bit of notation and then arranges things and says 'look, this is what we have arrived at in our discussion'. And then you look at it, and think about it, and it seems so wonderful that a complicated statement or property or equation or something in thermodynamics can be drawn out of something so simple, with some clever analysis. I am kind of the studious type so textbooks with questions suit me better, but if you are just looking for something to read, then by all means buy this book. I might add that it is quite short, but don't be too hung up on that (unless you know a lot about the subject) because as I say it is largely equations, which don't take up a lot of room.
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on 19 October 2014
A good book to improve your fundamental understanding of thermodynamics.
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on 26 July 2015
It is the most useful book for a thermodynamics exam.
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15 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 1997
Would you be interested in an introductory piano "how to" written by Mozart? How about a Driver's Education couse taught by Al Unser?
No student of physics or chemistry should be without this clear, cogent examination of thermodynamics. As one of the top scientists of this century, one can consider Fermi's thermo text as science that's "straight from the horse's mouth."
Edward Perryperryer@concentric.net
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2012
But our appreciation of it does, a nice read to get a feel on the state of Thermodynamics pre World War 2.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2012
Good overview of the thermodynamic laws , with a few questions and exercises at the end of each chapter .
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