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  • 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)
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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.

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I cannot possibly explain how bad this book is. For a teacher or lecturer in thermodynamics, who understands it before using it, it is great.

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.
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The only reason I bought this book was because my lecturer at the time, who is in fact the author, insisted that I along with the other 200 or so students go out and buy it.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book on Thermodynamics !!! 1 July 2012
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The book by Gyftopoulos and Beretta could definitely be recommended both to the students in different fields, where a correct usage of thermodynamics is anyway of much importance and to the already qualified specialists as well !

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 !
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 20 Dec. 2013
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very nice book, illustrating in a nice way, was much useful for me, thank you, would love it more if hard covered
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 Aug. 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intellectually Rigorous Presentation of Thermodynamics 27 Nov. 2000
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As a teacher I am greatful to the authors, Gyftopoulos and Beretta, for providing me (and other teachers of thermodynamics ) with this novel, logically consistent and enlightening approach to thermodynamics. I use their exposition as the foundation of my teaching in both my graduate and undergraduate engineering courses in thermodynamics. I start with an expanded version of Chapter 14 of the book. This Chapter gives a concise summary of the thermodynamic concepts that constitute the basic structure of thermodynamics. Actually, the authors have a paper, found in the Proceedings ASME, Vo. 266, pp 206-217 (1993), in which they outline their presentation of the basic concepts in a sequence of 10 lectures. In that sequence, as in the book, there is a seamless flow from one concept to the other, without arbitrary statements, or non-rigorous derivations and misconceptions, as in most of the thermodynamic textbooks. For instance, unlike others who insist on talking about heat from page one, in spite of the fact that the concept of heat cannot be understood without the Second Law, Gyfropoulos and Beretta introduce heat towards the end of their exposition of basic concepts, where I believe it actually belongs. The above paper summarizes the order of introduction of concepts which I copy here:
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Richer and Deeper Understanding of Thermodynamics 18 Oct. 2000
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This book provides an excellent, broad-based, sweeping view of the science of thermodynamics, most appropriate at the graduate level. The authors' somewhat cumbersome notation should not take away from the overall usefulness of the text. My own experience with the book was in a graduate level course. Overwhelming at first, the material and approach came together nicely after the initial 6-7 weeks. By the time the course was completed, I enjoyed a much more complete understanding of thermodynamics and the underlying concepts fundamental to that understanding. Two areas in particular deserve special mention. Gyftopoulos's and Beretta's presentation of entropy is one of the most refreshing I've seen. By defining it in terms of availability in Chapter 7 (even before temperature is discussed at length in Chapter 9), they emphasize the general nature of the property entropy. Again, somewhat overwhelming at first, their treatment avoids the traditional Clausius inequality approach that typically yields the disorder explanations (chaos discussions and somewhat contrived examples related to daily life are common) that leave students so dissatisfied with their understanding of entropy. The second area most beneficial to a more general understanding was the author's use of E-S (energy-entropy) diagrams. The diagrams are an extremely useful aid for emphasizing the broad application base of thermodynamics as well as the "solution space" used in the study of both thermodynamic (or stable) equilibrium states and states that are not in thermodynamic (or stable) equilibrium. Bottom line, stick with the book & enjoy not only a richer appreciation of thermodynamics, but also a deeper understanding of its applicability. Just as the study of fluid mechanics logically progresses from the general, 3-D, Navier-Stokes equations to potential flow and simpler representations, this text presents thermodynamics in its most general form, rarely seen in other books.
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