Engineering Record, Building Record and Sanitary Engineer Volume 49

Engineering Record, Building Record and Sanitary Engineer Volume 49

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...in that subject criticisms of the author's views on teaching this branch of physics to engineering students. The criticisms amounted to little, however. so the author's views were subsequently presented much more fully in a series of papers in "Engineering," of London. These have since been arranged for publication in a small book entitled "Entropy, or Thermodynamics from an Engineer's Standpoint." The author's reason for continuing to urge the subject in the face of some coldness from others is explained as follows: "As a young man I tried to read thermodynamics, but I always came up against entropy as a brick wall that stopped my further progress. I found the ordinary mathematical explanation, of course, but no sort of physical idea underlying it. No author seemed even to try to give any physical idea. Having in those days great respect for text-books, I concluded that the physical mean ing must be so obvious that it needs no explanation, and that I was especially stupid on that particular subject. After a few years I would tackle the subject again, and always was brought up dead by the idea of entropy. I asked people, but I never met any one who could tell me, and I met one, an engineer, who admitted he did not know. Not only could I get no physical idea of entropy, but the definition of entropy and the statements about it did not make sense' as soon as one tried to understand irreversible changes. Later on, instead ot' making the common mistake that elementary books are easy to understand I got into the study of irreversible thermodynamics by the road of physical chemistry, and found that my previous troubles were due to inaccurate definitions and faulty analogies on the part of writers...show more

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  • Paperback | 950 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 47mm | 1,660g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236941985
  • 9781236941985