This is a comprehensive guide to the often confusing subject of thermodynamics, for engineers, physicists, and chemists. The succinct entries are arranged alphabetically, allowing the reader to browse through the subject and to pursue a particular point, skipping or ignoring extraneous points. After twenty years of teaching thermodynamics, Professor Perrot knows exactly which areas students find difficult and has taken particular trouble with these points. The entries explain the words and phrases that crop up in thermodynamics without recourse to pages of mathematics and algebra: the main aim being to explain and clarify the jargon and concepts. Professor Perrot achieves this aim while maintaining a refreshing lightness of prose style, in which spirit he also includes some asides on interesting people and events in the history of thermodynamics.
This essential reference provides an invaluable tool for all students and professionals involved with the principles and practices of thermodynamics, primarily in the fields of engineering, physics, and chemistry. Drawing on 20 years of teaching experience, the author explains the key words and phrases in the discipline, deftly bringing out the essential ideas with only minimal use of mathematical notation. Distinguished by its easy-to-read writing style and interesting accounts of noted people and events in the history of the field, this dictionary provides easy access to an often confusing subject.
Professor Pierre Perrot
is with the Laboratoire de Metallurgie Physique and the University of Lille.