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Thermodynamics and Humanism

Nature volume 160, page 72 (19 July 1947) | Download Citation



THIS little book shows some confusion of aim. I do not think Prof. A. R. Ubbelohde decided clearly what kind of book he wanted to write. According to the preliminary chapter, his intention appears to have been to write on the wider human aspects of thermodynamics, to contribute to scientific humanism, which he defines as the unification of the specialized sciences from the point of view of their human interest. In this and in his explanations of the significance of entropy as providing a direction pointer for time, he is on fairly familiar ground, and though his treatment inevitably calls forth a comparison with the popular writings of Eddington, who covered similar territory with, one must say, considerably more force, he is both competent and interesting.

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