A Treatise of Heat and Energy

  • Lin-Shu Wang

Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)

About this book


This textbook explains the meaning of heat and work and the definition of energy and energy systems. It describes the constructive role of entropy growth and makes the case that energy matters, but entropy growth matters more. Readers will learn that heat can be transferred, produced, and extracted, and that the understanding of generalized heat extraction will revolutionize the design of future buildings as thermal systems for managing low grade heat and greatly contribute to enhanced efficiency of tomorrow’s energy systems and energy ecosystems. 

Professor Wang presents a coherent theory-structure of thermodynamics and clarifies the meaning of heat and the definition of energy in a manner that is both scientifically rigorous and engaging, and explains contemporary understanding of engineering thermodynamics in continuum of its historical evolution. The textbook reinforces students’ grasp of concepts with end-of-chapter problems and provides a historical background of pioneering work by Black, Laplace, Carnot, Joule, Thomson, Clausius, Maxwell, Planck, Gibbs, Poincare and Prigogine.

Developed primarily as a core text for graduate students in engineering programs, and as reference for professional engineers, this book maximizes readers’ understanding and shines a light on new horizons for our energy future.

  • Brings forth students’ understanding of how heat and work are different and why the principle of their inter-convertibility (i.e., exchangeability) should be rejected;
  • Elucidates the constructive role of entropy growth, and the notion that energy matters, but entropy growth matters more;
  • Demonstrates that heat can be transferred, produced, and extracted;
  • Teaches readers that all reversible-like processes are heat extraction processes and how this understanding will revolutionize the design of future buildings.


Thermodynamics undergraduate textbook Work and power first law of thermodynamics second law of thermodynamics Energy efficiency Entropy Mechanical equivalent of heat Mechanical theory of heat Heat extraction Thermally activated building systems (TABS) Homeostasis in buildings Mechanical homeostasis Building thermal mass requirement

Authors and affiliations

  • Lin-Shu Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05745-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05746-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5122
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-063X
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