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Theory of Heat

Theory of Heat

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108032018

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  • Best known for his theory of electromagnetism, James Clerk Maxwell (1831–79) was Cambridge University's first Cavendish Professor of Experimental Physics. Albert Einstein described his work as 'the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton'. He carried out brilliant work in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, laying the foundation for the kinetic theory of gases. This book, published originally in 1871, summarises his work in this field. It includes the 'Maxwell relations' that still feature in every standard text on thermodynamics. It also outlines his famous thought experiment, later named Maxwell's 'demon'. This idea, which appeared to contradict the second law of thermodynamics, would inspire scientific debate well into the twentieth century. More recently, it has sparked developments in the new sciences of nanotechnology and quantum computing.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108032018
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Thermometry, or the registration of temperature
    3. Calorimetry, or the measurement of heat
    4. Elementary dynamical principles
    5. Measurement of internal forces and their effects
    6. Lines of equal temperature on the indicator diagram
    7. Adiabatic lines
    8. Heat engines
    9. Relations between the physical properties of a substance
    10. Latent heat
    11. Thermodynamics of gases
    12. On the intrinsic energy of a system of bodies
    13. On free expansion
    14. Determination of heights by the barometer
    15. On the propagation of waves of longitudinal disturbance
    16. On radiation
    17. On convection currents
    18. On the diffusion of heat by conduction
    19. On the diffusion of fluids
    20. On capillarity
    21. On elasticity and viscosity
    22. Molecular theory of the constitution of bodies.

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    James Clerk Maxwell

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