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Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics [Paperback]

by Herbert B. Callen
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September 12, 1985 0471862568 978-0471862567 2
The only text to cover both thermodynamic and statistical mechanics--allowing students to fully master thermodynamics at the macroscopic level. Presents essential ideas on critical phenomena developed over the last decade in simple, qualitative terms. This new edition maintains the simple structure of the first and puts new emphasis on pedagogical considerations. Thermostatistics is incorporated into the text without eclipsing macroscopic thermodynamics, and is integrated into the conceptual framework of physical theory.

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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: #261,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right book, wrong edition... 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful treatment of classical thermodynamics 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Formalism 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
5.0 out of 5 stars To really understand classical thermodynamics 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent book and excelent conditions
If you like thermodynamic and applied science relate with this topics this is the correct book for you. It's a great book
Published 16 days ago by Nicolás Rozo López
5.0 out of 5 stars best book
The book is optimum, made in good material and the content is excellent . Recommend to all who want to study thermodynamics.
Published 2 months ago by Allison Klosowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook, but needs more example problems.
Good book. Fairly easy to follow. Chapters are short and to the point. My only complaint is that it's often difficult to figure out what the homework problems are asking for. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MarsRocks
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Bible" of Introduction to Thermodynamics
The ability of this text to convey in such elegance the fundamental importance of thermodynamics cannot be matched. Dr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MSE fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Postulaic-vs-Laws approach
I thoroughly enjoyed learning from this book. It was required for a graduate course on thermodynamics, and I found it very easy to read and the problems were helpful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LR76
5.0 out of 5 stars Each sentence is a gem.
This is the best thermodynamics textbook / reference I have seen. Nothing is left unexplained and is explained together with very nice analogies. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Subramanya Sadasiva
3.0 out of 5 stars Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics
This book cannot be practical for freshmen, novice, person who has a chance to begin thermodynamics. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Felix
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Tight Presentation of Classical Thermodynamics
In all honesty, when I first encountered this book, I hated it. Years later I took it upon myself to work my way through it as a way of restoring the confidence it had shattered... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by James M. Folks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of the best books for introductory thermodynamics. It was one of the textbooks for my first graduate level thermo course. Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by Tea
5.0 out of 5 stars Best approach to Thermodinamics Theory ever
H. B. Callen approach to Thermodinamics is the best way to esplain and layout the power of the subject ever written.

It is complete, elegant and easy to follow. Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by Jim the Critical
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