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The Refrigerator and the Universe: Understanding the Laws of Energy Paperback – 24 Feb 1995


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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; New edition edition (24 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674753259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674753259
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,636,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing is clear, uncluttered, insightful, and makes use of many excellent analogies to explain and clarify difficult but important concepts.

Readers at all levels, from high school to professional scientists, will find something intriguing in this book...It provides a very readable and informative account of a difficult topic.

The strengths of Ýthis book¨ are its scope and coverage and much excellent writing...It contains a rich mix of interesting ideas covering important historical events and applications of the laws of energy and entropy. -- Harvey S. Leff "American Journal of Physics"

The strengths of [this book] are its scope and coverage and much excellent writing...It contains a rich mix of interesting ideas covering important historical events and applications of the laws of energy and entropy.--Harvey S. Leff "American Journal of Physics "

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This text provides an explanation of the laws of thermodynamics for science buffs and neophytes alike. It begins with a presentation of the historical development of thermodynamics, then goes on to show how the laws follow from the atomic theory of matter. Examples of their applicability to such diverse phenomena as the radiation of light from hot bodies, the formation of diamonds from graphite, the carriage of oxygen by blood and the history of the earth are provided. The laws of energy, the authors conclude, have something to say about everything, even if they do not tell us everything about anything.

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