Understanding Thermodynamics by Hendrick C. Van NessThis book tries to give you an intuitive primer about thermodynamics with minimal use of equations. It can be a good way to start reading about thermodynamics before you jump into textbooks.
It covers the usual topics that come under thermodynamics. Example, the first and the second law of thermodynamics, concept of reversibility, heat engine cycles, power plants etc.
While the intuition this book provided on the subject was useful, I found two shortcomings in this book.
a) this is one book I felt could have gone in to some more detail, to provide a stronger perspective on the subject. I had to spend a lot of time googling to fill in the gaps since the details can be sparse at times.
b) the chapter on statistical mechanics is a nasty surprise, because it completely switches from focusing on providing general perspective on the subject to heavy duty and dry use of equations: the the chapter is in sharp contrast the general style of the rest of the book.
Overall, an average read even though I found it useful before I kick off reading the same subject through resnick and halliday next!
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There are 4 laws to thermodynamics, and they are some of the most important laws in all of physics. The laws are as follows. Before I go over these laws in more detail, it will be easier if I first introduce Entropy. Entropy is a very important thing in the realm of thermodynamics. Essentially entropy is the measure of disorder and randomness in a system. Here are 2 examples. To get a more detailed picture of entropy we need to look at the concept of Phase Space.