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Nature volume 96, page 702 (24 February 1916) | Download Citation



THE scope of this little book is best indicated by the sub-title: “An outline of the history of thermodynamics and the significance of the two chief laws.” In the preface the author declares his intention of tracing the development of thermo-dynamical ideas and their bearing on physics and chemistry. It is not a text-book, but rather a kind of thermodynamical “Who's Who”; successive short chapters deal with Carnot, Clapey-ron, William and James Thomson, Robert Mayer, etc. One of these begins: “To read Planck's thermodynamical papers is to breathe pure, clear air.”

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