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Published: 06 September 2007

144 Pages | 8 line drawings


ISBN: 9780199232369

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Four Laws That Drive the Universe: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Atkins

Very Short Introductions

  • The laws of thermodynamics establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and reveal the arrow of time and even the nature of energy itself.
  • C.P. Snow once remarked 'not knowing the second law of thermodynamics is like never having read a work by Shakespeare'.
  • Uses accessible language and virtually no mathematics to guide the reader from the Zeroth Law to the Third Law of Thermodynamics
  • Explains what 'entropy' is, and how its unstoppable rise explains not only why your desk tends to get messier, but also constitutes the engine of the universe
  • Introduces fascinating concepts like 'free energy', and what lies beyond the brink of absolute zero