Unabridged Dover (1993) republication of the edition published by The Macmillan Press, Ltd., London and Basingstoke, England 1978. Preface. Introduction. Glossary. vii+182pp.
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This book presents a clear exposition of the basic formalism applicable to nonlinear thermodynamic processes at a mathematical level accessible to physicists and theoretically inclined chemists and biologists. After an introductory chapter on equilibrium thermodynamics, which serves as a common background and reference for all future developments, the book is divided into two parts.
Part One (Chapters 1-4) is a critical analysis of the classical theory of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and its later offshoots. Beginning with a brief description of the classic formulations of equilibrium thermodynamics, the author goes on to give a chronological account of the developments of linear thermodynamics. This is followed by a discussion of "rational" thermodynamics that summarizes the school of thought that uses a formal statement of the second law, the so-called Clausius-Duhem inequality, as a restriction on the types of thermodynamic process that can occur in elastic materials. Professor Lavenda then takes up "generalized" thermodynamics, including the development of generalized thermodynamics and thermodynamic versus kinetic stability criteria.
Part Two offers a detailed exposition of an approach to nonlinear thermodynamics based on a confluence of thermodynamic and kinetic concepts regarding evolution and stability. For the most part, the analyses are limited to thermodynamics systems found in the immediate neighborhood of a non-equilibrium state. This section begins with a discussion of nonlinear thermodynamics, followed by a chapter on non-equilibrium variational principles, including the principle of Le Chatelier, the principle of least dissipation of energy, and the kinetic formulation of thermodynamic variational principles. The final three chapters offer concise discussions of quasi-thermodynamic stability criteria, field thermodynamics and continuum thermodynamics.
Bernard H. Lavenda has taught thermodynamics at the University of Naples, and chemical statistics at the University of Pisa.
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Book Description Wiley, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0470988983