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Discover entropy and the second law of thermodynamics; a playful way of discovering a law of nature.

9789814299756

Discover entropy and the second law of thermodynamics; a playful way of discovering a law of nature.

Ben-Naim, Arieh.

World Scientific

2010

259 pages

$75.00

Hardcover

QC318

In his 2007 Entropy Demystified, Ben-Naim (Hebrew U., Jerusalem) explained entropy for lay readers, but was surprised when people told him it was too difficult, too technical. So he lowered the bar and is trying again. This time, he assumes no background in mathematics past high school, and couches his explanations in terms of simple experiments that people can do--or at least imagine--using marbles and boxes. He covers a brief history of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics, all you need to know but never dared admit that you already knew, the uniform spatial distribution, the Boltzman distribution, the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, entropy and the second law in the world of marbles, and entropy and the second law in the real world.

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