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Slim, Intense, and Uninspiring
on 1 April 2011
Peter Atkins' Four Laws may be one of the slimmest books that you ever read but, for casual readers, it is also likely to be one of the most demanding.
As an introduction to thermodynamics, this treatise serves its purpose well enough and, for those prepared to commit the time and effort, it will doubtless enhance understanding of this fundamental subject. Nonetheless, reading this book leaves one with the overwhelming impression that it has been assembled using the orphan chapters of an undergraduate text book and throughout, Atkins conspicuously fails to breathe life into his subject.
For undergraduates this book may be the perfect introduction to thermodynamics; however, for the casual reader, it fails to inspire.