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Thermal Physics (Student Physics S.) Hardcover – 1 Apr 1986
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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.
The book starts off very gently, beginning with simple ideas such as the zeroth law of thermodynamics and explanations of exactly what is meant by temperature. The author also uses these initial chapters to introduce all of the terminology which is used throughout the rest of the book and is also useful if you go on to try and read other books on the topic.
The book then builds upon these foundations for the first half of the book, covering the first and second laws of thermodynamics. For the second half of the book the pace picks up somewhat as it moves onto more difficult concepts such as entropy and the many applications of thermodynamics to real life problems.
The whole book is very concise and everything is explained succinctly, which makes it a very easy book to learn from as you do not get weighed down by extraneous details all the time as many other authors feel the need to put in. Also the fact that is physically small and not too long means that it is easy to search through the book to find a topic that you want to quickly go over.
The book is a physics text so there is a fair amount of maths involved, however i wouldn't imagine anyone who has taken a course in calculus would struggle with it. This i would imagine makes the book suitable for non physics students as well, especially engineers who are interested in a bit more theory, and maybe chemistry students too?
The only possible negatives of this book are that it does not cover any statistical mechanics, which would have been nice, if nothing else, to show how the results obtained in this book can be found from atomic theory, and also there are not many questions in the book for the student to test themselves, although for the questions that it does have there are numerical answers in the back, which is nice.
A final point to mention is that this is a print on demand book so the physical quality of the book can vary somewhat, although the one i received was pretty good.
In summary, this is a fantastic book on thermodynamics and the best i have managed to find on the topic. I would strongly recommend.
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.
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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