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on 5 July 2011
This is one of the best books on thermodynamics I have encountered. What can often come across as a rather boring subject is helped by the lively tone of the book, along with frequent biographies of historical figures.

The book is nicely structured, starting off with the basics, moving on to the laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, and including additional topics often not covered in other thermodynamics textbooks, such as stars and black holes. There are also helpful appendices with the main mathematical techniques explained, though you really do need to have a grasp of differentiation and integration before studying this book.

Overall then, and excellent textbook, well worth a read.
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on 2 April 2009
An excellent introduction to thermal physics. Very little is assumed, and explanations in the appendices account for most of the mathematical complications. Thoroughly covers all major topics of interest in the field, with alternative derivations provided for many topics to further aid understanding. Additional chapters expand on the latest research. Little diversions into areas such as Information entropy, and short biographies for most of the prominent figures help sustain interest. The tone is frequently humorous, but this does not detract from the thrust of the argument. Highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 19 July 2013

This book has superb, high quality paper pages within it covers. Also its very securely bound for a paperback. The book has a weight to it that reflects the quality of the educational guidance you will gain from reading it.

* H.N.D, Undergraduate, Post graduate?

This book covers the wide area of the flow of heat being thermal energy in transit in physical systems. To me, its the way this is cleverly explored in distinct bands of difficulty. These are with some brief exposure to the upper components of a A-Level Math / Chemistry / Physics, the math components of H.N.D and 2nd - year Math parts of a engineering degree. You may fairly attribute these bands of ranking in a different ways, depending on your own study backgrounds? For example. the calculus upon Ln(e), exp(x), and the Greek symbols of summations and products using z variables are well used and very importantly applied many, many times. Also listed are brief life stories of the scientists that helped the development of these sciences.

* What does it cover then?

The bands of exposure covers, Preliminaries, Kinetic theory of gasses, Transport and thermal diffusion, (The) first law of dynamics, (The) second law of dynamics, (The) third law, Thermodynamics in action, Statistical mechanics, Beyond the ideal gas, Special topics, (a) fundamental constants / (b) useful formulae / (c) Useful mathematics / (D) The electromagnetic spectrum / (e) Some thermodynamic spectrum / Thermodynamic definitions / (g) reduced mass / (h) glossary of main symbols, Bibliography and index.

* How is it explained?

Throughout the book and within each of the areas there are many mathematical examples to follow. There are many graphs which usefully explain what's going on. Also there are more set questions with no answers unfortunately. The way these bands harness the new - to - the - reader information is a great way to study these topics. The usage of formulae can use symbols that represent equations with several components. These earlier topics are carefully linked to later topics. Such as state equations and in three dimensions. This is just more basic skills with more dimensions.

* Summary

What I come away with is a broader background in an important areas of physics, with a decent, increased level of mathematical dexterity. This can be carried to other areas. The earlier - to middle areas I personally found challenging, then with the bulk of the knowledge gathered from earlier parts, it seemed easier.

This book seemed worth its cost and I have found this book both interesting and pleasurable to read at the same time. So its a book to read cover - to - cover, rather than drop - in, (i.m.h.o). What I am saying is the ways in which the increments of difficulty been designed and coordinated has probably taken as much or even more time than the time to create the topic examples explored here.

[update: i recommend this book after this magnificent volume.

A Student's Guide to Entropy
by Don S. Lemons
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (29 Aug. 2013)
ISBN-10: 1107653975
ISBN-13: 978-1107653979 ]
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on 21 May 2015
This book has been an absolute Godsend for my physics degree. It covers all of the basics of thermodynamics and some of statistical mechanics in an easy to understand way. It's no exaggeration to say that it's thanks to this book that I aced my thermodynamics module in first year!
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on 24 October 2012
What a great book. There are so many confusing explanations out there that this one is a pleasure. The chapters are short so you feel like you have completed a topic and can stop and the layout , typeface and notes ,is particularly clear. You can skip the kinetic theory of gases if you just want to get on with thermo. The only chapters that I felt needed a little more meat was "chemical potential" and osmosis.
One of my favourite text books ever.
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on 28 June 2010
Rare and excellent text that covered all the important aspect of thermal physics. Recommended for bedtime reading
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on 19 July 2017
My son really needed this for univ.
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on 21 October 2011
"Concepts in Thermal Physics" by Blundell & Blundell is written with the undergraduate student in mind and this comes through in the clarity of its exposition. All results are carefully derived and the working is on the whole straightforward to follow. If you are revising for an exam this provides an excellent resource for applying thermodynamic ideas to problems and, if necessary, memorizing derivations. That said, although this book will allow you to be comfortable with the mathematics of thermal and statistical physics, it won't do a whole lot for your intuition and understanding of the subjects. A lot of starting assumptions are simply stated without further explanation (eg from the chapter on chemical potential on p.232: "If you add a particle to a system, then the internal energy will change by an amount which we call the chemical potential". Ok, but why? Where does this energy come from? What kind of energy? After that opening statement the text delves immediately into partial derivatives), and the authors take little time to discuss the implications of the mathematics beyond how a particular result feeds into the next equation. Nonetheless, all in all a valuable text for untangling the often convoluted-seeming mathematics of thermo and statistical phys.
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on 17 September 2015
I bought this as I was studying a 'Thermal Physics' course, but the content of this book did not seem to have much of the same content at all. The questions were fairly sparse and sometimes only numerical solutions are provided. In contrast, it has great explanations of topics covered.
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on 6 October 2014
A brilliantly written book which I imagine would more than cover most undergraduates' needs. Stuffed to the gills with equations, which is exactly what one needs in a book like this. If you only ever buy one book on thermodynamics then this is probably the one to get.
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