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John V. Badding - professor of chemistry, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics

Author: Herbert B. Callen

Book Description:

This is a book that I have used often teaching my favorite course, Chem 544, Chemical Thermodynamics. It brings out the beauty in thermodynamics, starting from four postulates, which I think is missing in most textbooks on the topic. Among many other things, thermodynamics governs the interconversion of energy into different forms (e.g., chemical energy in fuel into the motion of a car), and thus is one of the most important branches of science from both fundamental and applied perspectives.


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