The Refrigerator and the Universe: Understanding the Laws of Energy

By Martin Goldstein

23 ratings - 4.04* vote

C. P. Snow once remarked that not knowing the second law of thermodynamics is like never having read Shakespeare. Yet, while many people grasp the first law of energy, "Energy can neither be created nor destroyed," few recognize the second, "Entropy can only increase." What is entropy anyway, and why must it increase? Whether we want to know how a device as simple as a ref C. P. Snow once remarked that not knowing the second law of thermodynamics is like never having read

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Book details

Paperback, 0 pages
February 24th 1995 by Harvard University Press

(first published September 1993)

Original Title
The Refrigerator and the Universe: Understanding the Laws of Energy
ISBN
0674753259 (ISBN13: 9780674753259)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Denise

Read this for a book club, a bit difficult to find in libraries or via Amazon considering the 1990s copyright. A thorough review and very good treatment of thermodynamics, especially the second law. Despite its age, a handy reference book.

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