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Theory of Heat Paperback – June 13, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0486417356 ISBN-10: 0486417352 Edition: 9 Reprint

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 9 Reprint edition (June 13, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486417352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486417356
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published in 1871, this masterly account of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics derived the 'Maxwell relations', which still feature in every standard thermodynamics text. The book also introduced the famous and controversial idea soon to be known as Maxwell's 'demon', which seemed to contradict the second law of thermodynamics. --This text refers to the Printed Access Code edition.

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James Clerk Maxwell: In His Own Words — And Others
Dover reprinted Maxwell's Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism in 1954, surely one of the first classics of scientific literature over a thousand pages in length to be given new life and accessibility to students and researchers as a result of the paperback revolution of the 1950s. Matter and Motion followed in 1991 and Theory of Heat in 2001.

Some towering figures in science have to speak for themselves. Such is James Clerk Maxwell (1813–1879), the Scottish physicist and mathematician who formulated the basic equations of classical electromagnetic theory.

In the Author's Own Words:
"We may find illustrations of the highest doctrines of science in games and gymnastics, in traveling by land and by water, in storms of the air and of the sea, and wherever there is matter in motion."

"The 2nd law of thermodynamics has the same degree of truth as the statement that if you throw a tumblerful of water into the sea, you cannot get the same tumblerful of water out again." — James Clerk Maxwell

Critical Acclaim for James Clerk Maxwell:
"From a long view of the history of mankind — seen from, say, ten thousand years from now — there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade." — Richard P. Feynman

"Maxwell's equations have had a greater impact on human history than any ten presidents." — Carl Sagan


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Stokes on August 3, 2006
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Maxwell does a great job of explaining thermodynamics in a manner that is clear to anyone with a term of physics. This was written at a time when people took the time to show all of the steps.

Maxwell is one of the brightest stars of the physics universe and everything we do in our current culture is based on his work.
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