- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 March 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486414612
- ISBN-13: 978-0486414614
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1 x 21.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,03,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Thermodynamics and the Kinetic Theory of Gases: Volume 3 of Pauli Lectures on Physics (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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I do not agree with the other person who thinks WP is not as good as Einstein. Einstein once answered to someone that he thought that W. Pauli is the only one he can think of as his succesor. Besides do not forget that if Sommerfeld felt that Pauli was not VERY good, he would not have had him contribute to the Mathematical Encylopedia at age 20! He wrote a full blown account of the Special and General theories for Goettingen's Math encyclopedia in 1920! This account is still considered contemporary and a best seller. A mere 4 years after it was invented when most physicists could not even figure out what it was all about. That in itself speaks volumes. He also had the courage to tell anyone, including Einstein that they were wrong when they were wrong (or not even wrong). In my humble opinion, Pauli was probably as good as Einstein and about as good as Heisenberg or Dirac.
Pauli lectured on all of theoretical phyisics there, for several years. He was revered, and the students carefully took notes of whatever he said and write. These notes were then carefully edited by senior colleagues, like Charles Enz. The result was a slim, compact, wonderful text of Carnot-cycle thermodynamics which has even some originality: the master deemed it necessary to reformulate the treatment of chemical equilibrium (using van't Hoof boxes)to reach his standards of excellence.
This is not a text-book on thermodynamics for beginners: it is a
exquisite booklet to polish your understanding and reveal the great elegance and depth of the thermodynamical formalism and, most importantly, ideas.