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At the heart of many fields - physics, chemistry, engineering - lies thermodynamics. While this science plays a critical role in determining the boundary between what is and is not possible in the natural world, it occurs to many as an indecipherable black box, thus making the subject a challenge to learn. Two obstacles contribute to this situation, the first being the disconnect between the fundamental theories and the underlying physics and the second being the confusing concepts and terminologies involved with the theories. While one needn't confront either of these two obstacles to successfully use thermodynamics to solve real problems, overcoming both provides access to a greater intuitive sense of the problems and more confidence, more strength, and more creativity in solving them.

Block by Block offers an original perspective on thermodynamic science and history based on the three approaches of a practicing engineer, academician, and historian. The book synthesizes and gathers into one accessible volume a strategic range of foundational topics involving the atomic theory, energy, entropy, and the laws of thermodynamics.

©2020 Robert T. Hanlon (P)2020 Tantor

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  • William G Carrig
  • 27-11-20


This book is incomplete. The author did not include a pdf of supplementary material like every other science audio book ever. I wonder how much shorter this book would be if I were to remove every instance where the narrator say "Those equations are available in the print and E book versions of this book". Or where he says that it would take a whole book just to cover one subject and then skips it. The book is worth listening to as long as you care about the history of thermodynamics and nothing about actual modern thermodynamics. I will think more than twice before buying anything from this author again. But I will absolutely listen to this narrator again. Very good job. While I am not going to ask for my money back, I will say he gives a solid foundation into the early players of thermodynamics.