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Rubber and Rubber Balloons: Paradigms of Thermodynamics

I have just finished reading a book “Rubber and Rubber Balloons: Paradigms of Thermodynamics” by Ingo Müller and Peter Strehlow. It is a nice easy-going undergrad reading exploring rubber and its properties from a thermodynamic point of view. The authors … Continue reading

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SklogWiki

I have nothing to write :-) But I will write! Today I’d like to advertise SklogWiki. It presents itself as follows: SklogWiki is an open-edit encyclopedia dedicated to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, especially that of simple liquids, complex fluids, and … Continue reading

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Why Does a Tiger Have Stripes and a Lion Doesn’t?

I’ve encountered a pretty nice insult on reductionism in the “Categories for the Practising Physicist”. I’ll just cite the whole Example 17 from it: Why does a tiger have stripes and a lion doesn’t? One might expect that the explanation … Continue reading

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Categories for the Practising Physicist

These days I’m reading and trying to understand “Categories for the practising physicist” by Bob Coecke and Eric Oliver Paquette, the chapter from the book “New Structures for Physics”. Another its chapter — “Physics, Topology, Logic and Computation: A Rosetta … Continue reading

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Heat Engines and Finite-Time Thermodynamics

If you completed the standard curriculum of physics, you should be familiar with the concept of a heat engine: Moreover I bet you know that the maximum efficiency is achieved by a Carnot heat engine, for which the efficiency is: … Continue reading

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