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Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics Paperback – September 12, 1985

ISBN-13: 978-0471862567 ISBN-10: 0471862568 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 493 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (September 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471862568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471862567
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is complete, elegant and easy to follow.
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H. B. Callen offers a fascinating and insightful postulational approach to thermodynamics rather than the conventional inductive approach.
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This is one of the best books for introductory thermodynamics.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Why did I buy an older thermodynamics text, one first published in 1960? I trusted the advice of earlier reviewers.

They say: 1) The best treatment of classical thermodynamics that I have seen. The chapters on phase transitions are excellent and the mechanical model used to illustrate critical phenomena is brilliant. 2) It is far better than most books on the subject. 3) I think this book has no competition as a text in thermodynamics. It is the ideal preparation for a book like Landau's Statistical Physics. 4) The overview of the fundamentals of thermodynamics is without rival. 5) I think this book is a great option if you feel disappointed with the standard treatment of thermodynamics.

A few reviewers argued that Callen's text was less suitable for engineering students (too few heat-mechanical energy conversion problems) and chemical engineers (too few chemical mixture problems).

My trust was not misplaced. Thermodynamics, an Introduction to the Physical Theories of Equilibrium Thermostatics and Irreversible Thermodynamics, is an exceptional text. I give it five stars.

H. B. Callen offers a fascinating and insightful postulational approach to thermodynamics rather than the conventional inductive approach. He targets first year graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Based on my experience any reader reasonably proficient with thermodynamics should find Callen's approach quite stimulating.

The text has three primary sections: General Principles of Classical Thermodynamics (200 pages), Representative Applications (65 pages), and Fluctuations and Irreversible Thermodynamics (50 pages). A 50-page appendix offers a useful review of pertinent mathematics and other relevant topics. Answers are not provided to the chapter problems.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Coe on August 10, 2001
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The book gets five stars, but with the one caveat that this applies only to the first edition and not the second. Callen's book was the first to really push the axiomatic approach to classical thermodynamics, and the quality of the pedagogy on the subject prior to the emergence of the original version of this text in 1960 was, shall we say, "lacking." That said, actually spending money on the portion of this book devoted to statistical mechanics, when there are significantly clearer and cheaper presentations to be found (such as that by Chandler), is a little silly. The best thing about the introduction of new editions, however, is that they frequently drive down the price of the old - one can now easily find used, hardcover copies of the original version of this text for significantly less than half the cost of the new edition.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Fernández on December 12, 2000
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leaving aside the stat mech part, the book is just perfect. The presentation of the subject is not the traditional one (like, for example, Fermi's thermodynamics); it begins with the fundamental equation (Entropy versus the rest of the extensive variables) and all the postulates, and then goes on thru all thermodynamics. I found this approach much clearer, and more fun. From the first moment you are aware that with just one state equation (an equation between the intensive variables), you do not know the system completely. The thermodynamic potentials are introduced using in an explicit way the idea of the Legendre transform (but the math involved is very simple) and so the essence of the therm. potentials can be readily understood. I think this book is a great option if you feel disappointed with the standard treatment of thermodynamics, which to me is quite boring and clumsy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Professor Joseph L. McCauley on March 11, 2002
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Best treatment of extensive, intensive variables, thermodynamic potentials thermodynamic stability. I relied on the first edition of this text, along with other texts, for years while teaching thermo and stat mech. However, I preferred Gibbs's original argument for proving the equivalence of energy minimun at constant entropy to entropy maximum at constant energy. The book's weakness is that a student can learn everything in it without being able to apply the subject in the laboratory (some of the exercises are good in this regard, though). The opposite can be said about Zemansky. Forget Reif, a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas unsystematically organized and presented.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Walter Appel (wappel@ens-lyon.fr) on August 30, 1999
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A most intelligent book on the subject. The presentation of the axiomatics of classical thermodynamics and the derivation of the properties of system is the most rigorous I have ever read. Far away above most of the books on the subject. Excellent book for teachers also
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By velankar@che.udel.edu on April 7, 1998
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This books stands out in a subject where good books are hard to come by. The phenomenological basis of classical thermodynamics is very clearly explained in the opening chapters without any reference to statistical thermo. I found this very appealing since I'd always wanted to see some text that presented thermodynamics as it was originally developed: a complete theory in its own right, not dependent on statistical physics. The chapters on phase transitions are excellent and the mechanical model used to illustrate critical phenomena is brilliant. The last part on statistical physics is well worth reading though there may be other better texts for this. However, this book is NOT suitable for a course in engineering thermodynamics; there isn't much by way of heat-mechanical energy conversion problems for mechanical engineers, nor chemical mixture calculations relevant to chemical engineers.
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