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An exemplary physics (text)book,
This review is from: An Introduction to Thermal Physics (Hardcover)
This is one the best physics book I've seen. Like in all physics books, it is expected that you understand the preceding text before you gain ability to do a problem 'quickly'. But in this book understanding actually happens because, unlike most books, the whole book is written intuitively. The tone of the writing is nice also; you wiil NOT find the unnecessary 'of course' and 'obvious' sprinkled throughout, which were are a common occurrence in more annoying texts. The laws of thermodyanmics, especially the 2nd, are clearely illustrated in fair amounts 'theoretical' detail. For the more 'everyday' aspects chapter 4 and the thermodynmics parts of my freshman physics textbook were useful; in fact, its a good idea to read the thermo part of the freshman physics book while or before reading Ch. 1 of this book). The arguments and estimates made to motivate and justify various things throughout the book were, in my opinion, clear and reasonable. Problems are all do-able and a majority of them interesting once the text is understood (which takes some time and energy). Most of the problems have a number or an expression as an answer, it would've been nice to have the answers in the back. Who would it hurt? If a student is willing to spend his/her time and energy until he/she has the right answer they should be given the opportunity to have the 'pleasure of finding things out' (from a title of one of R.Feynman's book). I liked all chapters of the book, but I did feel that Ch.5 is a bit too long. It is an enjoyable and intuitive physics book.