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Thermodynamics today

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In this paper I use the example set by Prof. Jan Szargut as point of reference for a brief look at the current state of thermodynamics—the doctrine, its reach and importance. I start with my first encounter with Prof. Jan Szargut in 1979, and I show how his work influenced mine. Next, I review the structure that underpins thermodynamics as a discipline: the laws and the self-standing phenomena that they underpin, and graphic methods that convey these principles. Along the way, I draw attention to a recent trend that is caused by the inflation in scientific publishing due to the internet: the most common mistakes and misconceptions in thermodynamics, and how they are being spread. In sum, this paper is a call to action, to value, improve and defend the science of thermodynamics.

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  • Bejan, Adrian, 2018. "Thermodynamics today," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 160(C), pages 1208-1219.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:energy:v:160:y:2018:i:c:p:1208-1219
    DOI: 10.1016/j.energy.2018.07.092
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