The laws of thermodynamics drive everything that happens in the universe From the sudden expansion of a cloud of gas to the cooling of hot metal everything is moved or restrained by four simple laws Written by Peter Atkins, one of the world s leading authorities on thermodynamics, this powerful and compact introduction explains what these four laws are and how they work, using accessible language and virtually no mathematics Guiding the listener a step at a time, Atkins begins with Zeroth so named because the first two laws were well established before scientists realized that a third law, relating to temperature, should precede them hence the jocular name Zeroth , and proceeds through the First, Second, and Third Laws, offering a clear account of concepts such as the availability of work and the conservation of energy Atkins ranges from the fascinating theory of entropy revealing how its unstoppable rise constitutes the engine of the universe , through the concept of free energy, and to the brink, and then beyond the brink, of absolute zero PLEASE NOTE When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio

13 thoughts on “The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction (Audio Download): Peter Atkins, Nick Sullivan, Audible Studios: Audible Audiobooks

  1. Doug Jay Doug Jay says:

    Thermodynamics is a new area of interest to me so a VSI addressing the subject seemed like a good place to start The content deals with each of the four laws, which counter intuitively are notated zeroth, first, second and third the reason for which is explained After two readings, I now know about the properties of energy and its transformation from one form to another than I did when I received the book, but would not presume to explain any of the content in this review, suffice to say it clearly only scratches the surface of thermodynamics.Notwithstanding the obvious complexity of the subject, the author manages to convey the fundamentals without recourse to complex maths and equations although there are some simpler forms of the latter which are probably unavoidable The content does become progressively demanding especially the final chapter dealing with temperatures below absolute zero, but in general the text is readily understandable and supported by diagrams in some instances Everything in life may be dependent on thermodynamics in some way but a few practical examples would have bridged the gap between theory and everyday reality.The Laws of Thermodynamics is challenging, hence not a book for the casual reader, however as a first step in getting to grips with the subject, it certainly deserves to be classified as a very short introduction.

  2. Mick Kelly, author Mick Kelly, author says:

    Really good book, very clear and concise I first did thermodynamics in the 70s but this is the first time I feel that I fully understand it I m much indebted to Peter Atkins for a first rate job would have been a five star review, but docked a star for the slightly awkward formatting on the Kindle if you re after the print edition, call this a five star review

  3. pod pod says:

    This is a well written book by somebody who has spent a great deal of time considering how to present the topic in a user friendly way but has not sacrificed rigour.However, this does mean that it is not an easy read and requires to be read than once.If this is done then an insight is obtained about an important section of science.

  4. Imran A. Imran A. says:

    good , delivered well in time product as described.

  5. M. A. Bateman M. A. Bateman says:

    To the point, good examples, allows you to grasp the basics without reading lots

  6. Adgoodies Adgoodies says:

    if ever wanted to learn about the laws of thermodynamics bit wondering how to bypass all that cryptic mathematics, try a very short introduction by peter atkins.good read

  7. Dr IO Dr IO says:

    A nice compact edition that wraps the subject in a logical the laws following way It also brings the subject up to date if like me your thermodynamics study was over 40 years ago.

  8. Matthew Leitch Matthew Leitch says:

    This was a surprisingly deep read, considering it is supposed to be a very short introduction so I was pleasantly surprised I would have liked to see a critical analysis of entropy and I m still looking for someone to write in detail about why energy is not the capacity to do work.

  9. Paulo Liebgott Paulo Liebgott says:

    Overall this is a very good introduction to the subject It also provides some insights in the kinetic theory and statistical mechanics when discussing the microscopic properties of matter The discussion is most phenomenological as it should be the phenomena leading to the laws.The first chapter defines thermal equilibrium and gives us the Zeroth Law Although it does not mention technical terms such as equivalence class, it is clear from the discussion that this the motivation for introducing the concept of temperature.In the second chapter the author introduces the First Law by following Joule s works It also defines precisely the very important concept of reversibility One of my few concerns with this book is that it does not state the First Law mathematically It should be convenient in order to fix some notations such as whether the work term in the First Law is the work done by the system or the work done by the neighborhood From the discussion in this chapter, in must imply work done by the system.Chapter three works great with the Second Law in the form, Clausius, Kelvin and the increasing entropy and introduces another important concept, the spontaneity It discusses both the macroscopic world of thermal engines and the microscopic world of molecules Author s analogy between Clausius definition of entropy and a sneezing in a busy street or a quite lab is superb Although Carnot s Theorem is contained in this chapter, I think it deserved slightly words on it Since the author shows the equivalence between Clausius and Kelvin statements, it would be worth to show how theses statements imply Carnot s Theorem The proof is quite similar.The fourth chapter on free energies is slightly opaque I suppose someone who had not taken a formal course on thermodynamics is perhaps not prepared to appreciate this topic in its full In the discussion about Helmholtz Potential, there are a lack of care with signs as well as it is considering the work done by the neighborhood, dA dW, in opposing to what seems to be adopted in chapter 2.The fifth and last chapter explain us the Third Law, both macroscopicaly and microscopicaly, discusses how beta would be a natural and better temperature scale and the meaning of negative temperature It is my favorite chapter on the book.In the Conclusion the author gives some references on the subject Even technical ones.I suppose Fermi s and Callen s books shouldn t be forgotten.

  10. Vinay Sachdev Vinay Sachdev says:

    Just read few pages and so this is my first impression, this is an excellent book Lot of information in such few pages This is a book you have to make an effort to read and understand, but you will be richly rewarded for the effort.

  11. Mario Mario says:

    This book shows how thermodynamics is a vast field of study I wanted just to have an introduction of this subject, but it is complex and needs time and study to grasp the fundamentals It is a good book for it gives a comprehensive idea of the field.

  12. KK Mahendra KK Mahendra says:

    The author of this book has done his best to confuse you.

  13. Jehan Belinge Jehan Belinge says:

    Well written and concise, the author does quite well at presenting the subject in a progressive way With the aid of very few drawings and even fewer analogies he still managed to keep me riveted.