By: Keith J Laidler
204 pages, Illus
Discusses the relationship between energy, chance and chaos, and how scientists' understanding of them has been critical in developing many technologies that are known and used today.
Preface; A few points about mathematics; 1. Steam engines and artillery; 2. Red blood and electric motors; 3. Steam engines revisited; 4. The second law of thermodynamics; 5. Maxwell's demon; 6. Chance and the distribution of energy; 7. Packets of energy; 8. Energy equals mc2; 9. Energy and the universe; 10. Chaos: the science of the unexpected; Suggested reading; Index
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