The principles of thermodynamics characterize physical and chemical processes across the sciences, providing essential insight and allowing better prediction and refinement for a broad range of applications. Thermodynamics, Fifth Edition, is an authoritative guide to physical and chemical processes based on classical thermodynamic principles. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles with a combination of theory and practice, demonstrating their application to a variety of disciplines.
Revised and updated to include new material and novel formulations, this edition features a new chapter on algebraic power laws and Fisher information theory, along with detailed updates on irreversible phenomena, Landau theory, self-assembly, Caratheodory's theorem, and the effects of externally applied fields.
Drawing on the experience of its expert author, Thermodynamics, Fifth Edition is a useful tool for both graduate students and professional chemists and physicists who wish to acquire a more sophisticated overview of thermodynamics and related subject matter.
- Updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, including a new chapter on algebraic power laws and Fisher information theory
- Includes clear explanations of abstract theoretical concepts
- Provides exhaustive coverage of graphical, numerical, and analytical computational techniques
1. Fundamentals 2. Thermodynamic Properties of Ideal Systems 3. Characterization of Nonideal Solutions 4. Thermodynamic Properties of Electrolytes 5. Thermodynamic Properties of Materials in Externally Applied Fields 6. Irreversible Thermodynamics 7. Critical Phenomena 8. A Final Speculation About Ultimate Temperatures
A Fourth Law of Thermodynamics? 9. Reprise to The Second Law. Mathematical Proof of the Caratheodory Theorem and Resulting Interpretations 10. Elements of Statistical Thermodynamics
Prof. Honig received a BS degree from Amherst College in 1945 and a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota in 1952. After a postdoctoral appointment year at the James Forrestal Center of Princeton University in 1953, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University in 1953, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1958. From 1959-1967, Prof. Honig was Associate Group leader and Group leader at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA. He returned as Professor of Chemistry to Purdue University in 1967 and retired from that position in 2000. During the latter years, he was Editor of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1982-2000), the Chairman of the Materials Sciences Council (1968-1982), and published over 420 refereed publications and five books.
Prof. Honig has earned an honorary degree from the University of Science and Technology (2009, Krakow, Poland; fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences; Wetherill medal (1995); Editor, Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1982- 2000); Honorary Member, Materials Research Society of India; two issues of the Journal of Solid State Chemistry (1990 and 2000) and an issue of Solid State Sciences (2000) dedicated to him; and a session at a Materials Research Society meeting (2000) held in honor of his retirement.