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Grappling with the first and second laws of thermodynamics can test the intellectual mettle of even the most dedicated student of the physical sciences. Approaching the subject for the first time may raise more queries and doubts than are usually handled in the basic, straightforward textbook.
Based on a series of lectures delivered to 500 sophomore engineering students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Van Neer's clear, lucid treatment is readily comprehensible by undergraduate-level science and engineering students. His language is informal, his examples are vivid and lively, his perspective is fresh. This book, a companion to a basic textbook, discusses thermodynamics, a topic of profound importance in the study of physics, in a manner which elucidates fundamental concepts and demonstrates their practical applicability.
In these increasingly energy-conscious and costly times, as traditional energy sources are being depleted and revolutionary new sources are contemplated, appreciating the consequences of the laws of thermodynamics is more than a fascinating avenue of intellectual inquiry: it is a pragmatic concern imperative to all — students, scientists, engineers, technicians, politicians, businessmen, and anyone facing the energy challenges of the future. Here is help understanding concepts which will prove all-important in the next century.
Dr. H. C. Van Ness is a distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-author of several textbooks on thermodynamics. He is an unsurpassed as an expert in the field.
Posted March 9, 2000
First of all, this book is not a substitute for any textbook but must be used alongwith any text on thermodynamics. What I liked the most about this book was the simple-minded approach of explaining a subject which is usually thought to be intimidating and complex. If you are looking for an exhaustive study of the subject, this is not the book for you. But, if the regular textbooks leave you with an unsure feeling, take a look at this book (just 103 pages with minimal equations) and you will see thermodynamics in a whole different light
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Posted January 17, 2010
This books is great for engineering students taking thermodynamics. I'd probably recommend using this early in the [thermodynamics]course or during the thermodynamics portion of a chemistry course. The book gives extremely helpful descriptions over topics covering the first law with easy to understand analogies,process efficiencies, the second law, and a general understanding of statistical mechanics. The greatest thing about this book is probably the way the author guides the reader through proofs.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.