Entropy and Energy

A Universal Competition

  • Ingo Müller
  • Wolf Weiss

Part of the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics book series (IMM)

About this book


"Entropy and Energy- a Universal Competition" is a students textbook as well as a scientific monograph. The concepts of entropy and energy embody the effects of random walk in a body and of deterministic strife respectively, and are therefore often in competition. The book gives instructive examples from elementary thermodynamics and physico-chemistry and extrapolates the notion to non-standard thermodynamic subjects like shape memory, dissipation of the earth's atmosphere, and sociology. The works of the thermodynamic pioneers are presented, in particular Clausius, Carathéodory, Boltzmann, Gibbs, and Planck. The laws of thermodynamics and their limitations are discussed; also the pertinacious Gibbs paradox. The reader has numerous possibilities to influence the programs and thus develop an understanding for the thermodynamic principles.


chemical reactions distribution entropy gravitation linear optimization phase Transition statistical thermodynamics thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Ingo Müller
    • 1
  • Wolf Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für VerfahrenstechnikTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Weierstraß-Institut für Angewandte Analysis und StochastikBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-24281-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-32380-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-6245
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