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The Refrigerator and the Universe Understanding the Laws of Energy

By: M Goldstein and IF Goldstein
448 pages, Illus
The Refrigerator and the Universe
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About this book

Explains the laws of science for science buffs and neophytes alike.

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Energy and entropy in everyday terms; work and force; heat from work - the first law; the microscopic view of energy; engines and refrigerators - the second law; implications of the second law; the molecular view of entropy; why does entropy always increase?; entropy and/or information; radiant energy, black bodies, and the greenhouse effect; chemistry - diamonds, blood, iron; biology - muscles, kidneys, evolution; geology - how old is the earth?; quantum physics and the third law; relativity and the fate of the universe. Appendix: math tools.

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Martin Goldstein, is former Professor of Chemistry at Yeshiva University. Inge F. Goldstein is Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health in Epidemiology, Columbia University.

By: M Goldstein and IF Goldstein
448 pages, Illus
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Readers at all levels, from high school to professional scientists, will find something intriguing in this book...It provides a very readable and informative account of a difficult topic. Science Books and Films The strengths of [this book] are its scope and coverage and much excellent writing...It contains a rich mix of interesting ideas covering important historical events and applications of the laws of energy and entropy. -- Harvey S. Leff American Journal of Physics The writing is clear, uncluttered, insightful, and makes use of many excellent analogies to explain and clarify difficult but important concepts. Choice

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