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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brief Explanation of Thermodynamics

The following just really pleases me.

It's a description of the Laws of Thermodynamics given by chemist P. W. Atkins, as cited in Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything (on p. 107, in a footnote no less!).

"There are four Laws. The third of them, the Second Law, was recognized first; the first, the Zeroth Law, was formulated last; the First Law was second; the Third Law might not even be a law in the same sense as the others."

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