• Clifford Truesdell
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 70)


The theory of CARNOT was taken up by CLAPEYRON in a memoir published in 1834. While CLAPEYRON hailed “the idea which serves as a basis of [CARNOT’s] researches” as being “both fertile and beyond question”, he deplored CARNOT’s preference for “a chain of difficult and elusive arguments” so as to arrive at “results which can be deduced easily” by mathematical analysis “from a more general law”.


Classical Thermodynamic Adiabatic Change Intricate Argument Unfortunate Choice Theoretical Failure 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford Truesdell
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  1. 1.University of BaltimoreUSA

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