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5.0 out of 5 stars The thermodynamics bible, 1 Dec 2002
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Karura (London) - See all my reviews
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This book concisely and thoroughly covers the main topics in classical thermodynamics, with clear explanations and derivations. As you would expect, the laws of thermodynamics, entropy, phase changes, and systems of several components are all covered, although statistical mechanics is not included. If you're studying thermodynamics at any level, and need a good textbook for reference or further reading, this is an excellent investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally clear, 9 Nov 2012
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Maarten (Reading, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Equilibrium Thermodynamics (Paperback)
Perhaps not worth writing a review, because I mostly agree with other reviewers: this is truly an excellent book. It is clear, simple, and concise, yet it achieves a very high level in classical thermodynamics.

One of the key advantages is that this book has, to my taste, exactly the right length: it is expansive enough to contain all relevant material for a physicist trying to learn classical thermodynamics, but it is short enough to be practically readable in full. Make it shorter and you wouldn't be doing justice to the field; make it longer and you simply wouldn't want to read it all in detail.

The treatment is modern but sticks to the classical subjects of Gibbsian thermodynamics; it makes only brief references to microscopic theory if it helps to visualize what is going on. This is exactly the right treatment for this subject: Thermodynamics is a rigorous macroscopic theory in itself; it is not some appendix of statistical mechanics.

The book is clear and of a very accessible level and contains no superfluous mathematical complexity.

Where the book does not deliver (by design, mind) is in non-equilibrium thermodynamics. There are plenty of references to non-equilibrium processes but this usually does not go beyond classical ideas of availability and maximization of entropy. There are other books that focus in more detail on non-equilibrium properties.

I have the impression this is a digital reprint of the original print run, but the production quality of the book is very good.

Marvellous; easily my favourite physics book (and I have quite a few!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A basic book, 10 Oct 2010
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Delassade (Bures-sur-Yvette, France) - See all my reviews
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Thermodynamics is one of the basic branches of physics, reputed for its difficulty, but Adkins does a wonderful job to explain the logical core of the subject and the relations between the two principles of thermodynamics. Although the relationship between classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics is essential, this book introduces thermodynamics first and separately, without appealing to the microscopic structure of things, and this is educationally fortunate. The arguments are necessarily more abstract than those associated with statistical mechanics statements, but I found them quite acceptable for the average student.
Many examples are provided, and a number of stimulating and instructive problems are gathered together at the end of the book.
It is one of the best textbooks I know in this field: precise, clear and concise.
I strongly recommend "Equilibrium Thermodynamics" to anyone : student, teacher, researcher who wishes to grasp this fascinating and abstract subject.
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