- Paperback: 493 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (September 12, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471862568
- ISBN-13: 978-0471862567
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.Read more ›
I much preferred the postulaic approach. It was more intuitive and mathematical. I understood thermodynamics much better in this context, since you are introduced to properties was mathematical relations instead of immediately presenting physical interpretation without the formalism.
Some of the figures have typos, I think. There were a couple axes that didn't make any sense. But all in all, excellent textbook!
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My first dedicated course as a physics undergraduate was taught with this text, and for this I am forever thankful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arizona desert boy
I had great expectations on this book (by reference of my friends) , and certainly, did not disappoint me at all: this is a fundamental book at the time to study in depth... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Daniel Cantale
the focus of thermodynamics from postulates and clarity on thermodynamic potential, makes it one of the best text on thermodynamicsPublished 15 months ago by Camilo
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Great, beautiful book. Very elegant axiomatization of thermodynamics. Detailed, but never boring. It is not, though, in my opinion, appropriate for a first course on the subject.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer