- Paperback: 297 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; 7th Revised edition edition (7 January 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780486663715
- ISBN-13: 978-0486663715
- ASIN: 048666371X
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Treatise on Thermodynamics (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – 20 May 2010
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Dirk Cornelis Krispijn
"Unfortunately," he wrote in his autobiography, "as I was to learn only subsequently, the very same theorems had been obtained before me, in fact partly in an even more universal form, by the great American theoretical physicist Josiah Willard Gibbs, so that in this particular field no recognition was to be mine." Clausius named entropy in 1865, and Gibbs published his 300-page paper in 1878. Picture the young Planck struggling in the field of two giants.
It is fortunate for us that he kept working and publishing on thermodynamics, which led to this remarkable textbook, Treatise on Thermodynamics. In many ways his textbook marked the beginning of the teaching of thermodynamics in its finished form. The book itself is a phase transition in the pedagogy of thermodynamics, and is particularly significant to people who wish to see the evolution of various elements of what we teach today.
The book has four parts: temperature, energy, entropy, and applications. The first 3 parts are perhaps confusing to today's students, but are full of interesting and significant ideas. The last part is superb. Here we have unusually clear treatments of phases, mixtures, reactions, and dilute solutions, all started from the principle of the increase of entropy. On these topics, the quality of Planck’s book surpasses Fermi’s book and perhaps all modern textbooks. For example, in chapter II of part 4, he developed the theory of phases of a pure substance. His theory is analytical and compliments Gibbs's graphic method. It is sad that both methods have been removed from most textbooks used today.
Planck's book has less than 300 pages, and contains only 5 figures. Figure 4 is interesting and important. Planck drew a phase diagram of a pure substance in the plane with energy and volume as axes. He made an error: he drew a critical point for solid-liquid transition. The figure is analogous to that drawn by Gibbs, who used volume and entropy as independent variables, which was a complication. (Gibbs, however, did not draw a critical point for the solid-liquid transition.)
Planck also avoided another complication introduced by Gibbs: the Gibbs function. Gibbs seemed to like to hide entropy, and dress entropy up into “free energy”. In Chapter III of Part 3, Planck considered a body in thermal contact of with a reservoir of a fixed temperature, and subject to a constant pressure (say applied by a weight). The body, the reservoir and the weight together constitute an isolated system. The isolated system conserves energy and maximizes entropy. The Planck function (equation 75) is simply the entropy of this isolated system. The Planck function plays the same role as the Gibbs function, but removes the needless conversion from the basic principle of the increase of entropy. But Gibbs won. Modern textbooks use the Gibbs function.
Reading old masters lets us relive their struggle in discovering ideas and putting them together.