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Concise and well explained
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.