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Conclusion

Conclusion  

Peter Atkins

in The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777608
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199572199.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199572199
We are at the end of our journey. We have seen that thermodynamics, the study of the transformations of energy, is a subject of great breadth and underlies and elucidates many of the most ... More
3. The second lawThe increase in entropy

3. The second law: The increase in entropy  

Peter Atkins

in The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777608
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10.1093/actrade/9780199572199.003.0003
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9780199572199
The second law of thermodynamics introduces the concept of entropy: a measure of the disorder, or the quality of energy, that a system possesses. The law itself states that the entropy of ... More
3. Its principles: energy and entropy

3. Its principles: energy and entropy  

Peter Atkins

in Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780191782459
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10.1093/actrade/9780199683970.003.0003
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9780199683970
To understand why and how reactions take place and why and how bonds form in all their variety, chemists think about the energy changes that take place when processes occur. ‘Its ... More
5. Physical Information

5. Physical Information  

Luciano Floridi

in Information: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777349
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10.1093/actrade/9780199551378.003.0006
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9780199551378
‘Physical information’ explores the relationship between physics and metaphysics with regards to the nature of information. Information theory and processes seem to have physical ... More
The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Atkins

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777608
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199572199.001.0001
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9780199572199
The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction explains how the laws of thermodynamics establish fundamental concepts such as temperature and heat, and the nature of ... More
5. Entropy and thermodynamics of black holes

5. Entropy and thermodynamics of black holes  

Katherine Blundell

in Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.003.0005
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9780199602667
‘Entropy and thermodynamics of black holes’ considers how the laws of thermodynamics and entropy can be applied to black holes. It discusses the work of Roger Penrose, James Bardeen, ... More
Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction  

Katherine Blundell

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Dec 2015
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Dec 2015
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9780191781612
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10.1093/actrade/9780199602667.001.0001
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9780199602667
Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole ... More
5. The third lawThe unattainability of zero

5. The third law: The unattainability of zero  

Peter Atkins

in The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777608
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199572199.003.0005
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9780199572199
Although the third law of thermodynamics does not have the same practical implications as the first two, it does make possible their application. ‘The third law’ examines how considerations ... More
2. Making things happen—catalysis

2. Making things happen—catalysis  

Paul Engel

in Enzymes: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2020
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Nov 2020
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9780191863820
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10.1093/actrade/9780198824985.003.0002
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9780198824985
‘Making things happen—catalysis’ examines chemical catalysis, considering what makes a reaction go or not go and how enzymes catalyse particular chemical reactions. This process is not ... More
5. Reactivity

5. Reactivity  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191785085
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10.1093/actrade/9780198716488.003.0006
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9780198716488
By the mid-19th century many different kinds of chemical change had been recognized and systematized in textbooks. It became the task of physical chemists to explain these different ... More
Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

Physical Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

Peter Atkins

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2014
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Apr 2014
eISBN: 
9780191779633
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199689095.001.0001
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9780199689095
With the development of a variety of exciting new areas of research involving computational chemistry, nano- and smart materials, and applications of the recently discovered graphene, there ... More

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