- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (25 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486439321
- ISBN-13: 978-0486439327
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,351,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thermodynamices (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering) Paperback – 25 Feb 2005
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About the Author
Elias P. Gyftopoulos received his doctorate in electrical engineering from MIT in 1958. He is MIT's Ford Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and of Nuclear Engineering.
Gian Paolo Beretta was awarded a doctorate in engineering at MIT in 1981. A full Professor of Thermal Sciences at Brescia University, he is a frequent visiting professor at MIT.
Top Customer Reviews
As an introductory text to thermodynamics, it is awful. The explanations are not clear, and you will commonly find arguments of such intellectual wit and sophistication as 'imagine you have A and B, then A and B together, now you have A and B. Now, we can prove this, because we know A plus B gives A plus B'
There are no real world examples of what is being talked about and the language is commonly very poor and unclear English.
or anyone who wants to learn thermodynamics, do yourself a favour and burn every copy of this you come across.
I literally don't think words have been invented to show what a poor book this is.
Really, really don't bother. This was definitely one of the most frustrating experiences of my higher education, probably made worse by the lectures which were just as bad.
The one star is for the mild satisfaction I'm getting from writing this review and the knowledge that someone else felt my pain. Do yourself a huge favour and find a book thats written by someone who knows how to put the subject across.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
This is not only a list of "foundations and applications" which is just all the time traveling from one handbook to another - but, in addition, this book is containing a systematic description of the authors' own insights into a number of very difficult and debatable problems in the field.
And it is just the latter point that ought to render the book in question so valuable !
"System (constituents and parameters); properties; state; energy(without heat and work) and energy balance; classification of states in terms of time evolution; existence of stable equilibrium states; available energy;entropy (without heat and temperature) of any state (equilibrium or not) and entropy balance; properties of stable equilibrium states; temperature in terms of energy and entropy;chemical potentials; pressure; work; heat; applications of balances"
My experience is that with this exposition of concepts the students end up with a better understanding of the structure of thermodynamics and a clear mental picture of the framework of basic concepts on which they can attach the application treatments they subsequently learn. I share the entusiasm of the two reviewers from Blacksburg about the book and its presentation of the entropy and the energy-entropy diagrams and I would like to add one more element: the treatment of the concept of reservoirs and the resulting extremely simple derivation of the Carnot Coefficient.