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The Two Principal Laws of Thermodynamics: A Cultural and Historical Exploration
     

The Two Principal Laws of Thermodynamics: A Cultural and Historical Exploration

by J. H. van den Berg
 

ISBN-10: 0820703540

ISBN-13: 9780820703541

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Duquesne University Press

In the first two chapters, van den Berg deals with the discovery of the first main law by Count Rumford and with the rediscovery of this law by Julius Mayer. Contributions made by Carnot, Clausius and Lord Kelvin in discovering the second main law are treated in the third chapter. Perhaps most interestingly, the final two chapters deal explicitly with the

Overview

In the first two chapters, van den Berg deals with the discovery of the first main law by Count Rumford and with the rediscovery of this law by Julius Mayer. Contributions made by Carnot, Clausius and Lord Kelvin in discovering the second main law are treated in the third chapter. Perhaps most interestingly, the final two chapters deal explicitly with the relationships between major cultural shifts of the time and the discovery of these laws.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820703541
Publisher:
Duquesne University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

The Historical Background of van den Berg's Two Laws1
Translator's Introduction33
Two Laws
Introduction47
Chapter IThe First Main Law: Count Rumford51
Chapter IIThe First Main Law: Julius Robert Mayer71
Chapter IIIThe Second Main Law: Carnot, Clausius, Kelvin81
Chapter IVEvents Synchronous with the Discovery of the Second Law91
Chapter VTransubstantiation105
Afterword115
Bibliography117
Index121

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