What is thermodynamics and what is it for?
Thermodynamics - contrary to its name - is not a dynamic theory. However, some relatively new developments, like finite time, endo-reversible or ordinary thermodynamics introduce time into thermostatics. In this framework the Second Law becomes a set of conditions ensuring the asymptotic stability of equilibrium. In this manuscript some examples are shown, how this basic conceptual change can lead to a profound understanding.
Volume (Year): 10 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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