Review from previous edition It takes not only a great writer but a great scientist with a lifetime s experience to explains such a notoriously tricky area with absolute economy and precision, not to mention humour Books of the Year, Observer His engaging accountthe lucid figures offer readers a firm understanding of energy and entropy Science Concise, well written, engaging and carefully structured an enjoyable and informative read Chemistry World Peter Atkins s account of the core concepts of thermodynamics is beautifully crafted Simon Mitton, THES A brief and invigoratingly limpid guide to the laws of thermodynamics Saturday Guardian Atkins s systematic foundations should go a long way towards easing confusion about the subjectan engaging book, just the right length and depth for an absorbing, informative read Mark Haw, NatureAtkins ultra compact guide to thermodynamics is a wonderful book that I wish I had read at university New Scientist Peter Atkins is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Lincoln College He is the author of nearlybooks, which include Galileo s Finger The Ten Great Ideas of Science and the famed textbook Physical Chemistry now in its eighth edition