Readership: General readers interested in physics and science, and undergraduate science students from all disciplines.
Peter Atkins, Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Review(s) from previous edition"It takes not only a great writer but a great scientist with a lifetime's experience to explains such a notoriously tricky area with absolute economy and precision, not to mention humour. - Books of the Year, Observer.
"His engaging account...the lucid figures offer readers a firm understanding of energy and entropy." - Science
"Concise, well-written, engaging and carefully structured... an enjoyable and informative read." - Chemistry World
"Peter Atkins's account of the core concepts of thermodynamics is beautifully crafted." - Simon Mitton, THES
"A brief and invigoratingly limpid guide to the laws of thermodynamics." - Saturday Guardian
"Atkins's systematic foundations should go a long way towards easing confusion about the subject...an engaging book, just the right length (and depth) for an absorbing, informative read." - Mark Haw, Nature
"[Atkins'] ultra-compact guide to thermodynamics [is] a wonderful book that I wish I had read at university." - New Scientist
1: The Zeroth Law
2: The First Law
3: The Second Law
4: The Third Law