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1. Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
by J. M.Smith, Hendrick C Van Ness, MichaelAbbott, J. M. Smith, Hendrick Van Ness
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-14)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 157037
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 6/e, presents comprehensive coverage of the subject of thermodynamics from a chemical engineering viewpoint. The text provides a thorough exposition of the principles of thermodynamics and details their application to chemical processes.The chapters are written in a clear, logically organized manner, and contain an abundance of realistic problems, examples, and illustrations to help students understand complex concepts.New ideas, terms, and symbols constantly challenge the readers to think and encourage them to apply this fundamental body of knowledge to the solution of practical problems.

The comprehensive nature of this book makes it a useful reference both in graduate courses and for professional practice. The sixth edition continues to be an excellent tool for teaching the subject of chemical engineering thermodynamics to undergraduate students. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Useless
Ok, so i am a chemical engineering student, and this is supposed to be the textbook. Which allegedly would later on make it a forced reference for a student. However, the only useful information is the steam tables, because the properties and other things are insufficient, trust me, the book has sitted on my shelf unused for a year and a half. I have not sold it because no one here would buy it. The explanations are poor. If you want to know about thermodynamics, this is really not your book, I would rather recommend a Fisicochemistry book.

As for properties tables and the such, well, the information you are really going to use is all summed up in the Chemical Engineer's Handbook, which is a must for any ChE, even if you're just a student (believe me, it has saved me a lot of times).

2-0 out of 5 stars Old, outdated classic cant compete with modern thermo books!
Although the book is totally introductory, it does *not* serve well to teach you something. Contents, concepts, structure, didactics, writing style and layout are more than obsolete: this text is the worst US-textbook on thermo ever (engineering thermo/chemical thermo/chemical engineering thermo), believe me! If you do not share my opinion, then it must be due to your absolute ignorance regarding this field or your pretended incompetence. This book is neither worth buying, owning, working with, nor looking at. Do not waste your time with this superficial and totally introductory, conveying-nothing text. The reason why this has been a best-seller from the late 1940's to the late 1980's (four decades!) is its age: it has been the *very* first, (c)1949, and thus, the most well-known, popular book on chem eng thermo. 'The eldest' is always being respected the most ("a classic"), but this does not mean that a best-selling classic is the best. Forget this outdated title of the (outdated?) McGraw-Hill Chemical Engineering Series and profit from the new fresh look and uptodate, modern approach taken by competitive book series (Wiley, Prentice Hall, Wiley-Interscience, and...McGraw-Hill ;). Smith's 6th edition book is an incredibly poor monograph! And by the way, it is rather a treatment of Engineering Thermodynamics than a treatment of Chemical (Engineering) Thermodynamics!! Since this obsolete classic cannot compete with the new titles, I give a 2-stars rating only. 50 years ago, Smith was the de facto standard intro text (and it remains an "Introducation" throughout the 800 pages!), now this has changed.
Please also read my pos reviews of thermo books by Stanley I. Sandler 1999 (for advanced learners), Noel de Nevers 2002 (for beginners), and Stanley M. Walas 1985 (for workers). For a complete listing of relevant thermo titles have a look at table 8-1, pages 8.2-8.4, in Poling/Prausnitz/O'Connell 5th ed. c2001.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's complete, easy to read and comprehensive
This book is written specifically for chemical engineers.It covers topics such as EOS for non-ideal multicomponent mixtures, chemical reaction thermodynamics and thermodynamics of solutions. I suggest it to everyone who have trouble with this course.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited out of date
They just keep adding to this book without removing or editing old material. The book has become a chaotic jumble of ideas of the various authors. There are other better books out there.

3-0 out of 5 stars ok book
Well, I think this book is very informative. Unfortunately it is very boring. But, that just goes with the subj. matter. The one thing that is extremely annoying is the unit conversions table. I think that it could had been placed at a more convinient location (inner front cover) instead of being on pg.651/789. On that note, I'd recomment photocopying the u.c.table when working on the problems. An introductory book to get you started is: Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (richard m. felder). Great book! ... Read more


2. Molecular Driving Forces: Statistical Thermodynamics in Chemistry & Biology
by Sarina Bromberg, Ken A. Dill
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Molecular Driving Forces is an introductory statistical thermodynamics text that describes the principles and forces that drive chemical and biological processes. It shows how the complex behaviors of molecules can result from a few simple physical processes, and a central theme is how simple models can give surprisingly accurate insights into the workings of the molecular world.

Written in a clear and reader-friendly style, the book gives an excellent introduction to the subject for novices. It should be useful to those who want to develop their understanding of this important field, seeing how physical principles can be applied to the study of modern problems in the chemical, biological, and materials sciences. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Want to understand the physics if life? Need to read this!
The topic of this book, the physical chemistry of molecules, especially those relevant to biology, is one of the most challenging courses to a college student in chemist. But these authors have tried to make it easy for you - and they succeed. They used figures, pictures and analogies to help you to understand some of the most sophisticated concepts in science. For example entropy. The authors are leading researchers in the field and they brought a unique perspective to the subject; the writing is very lucid. ... Read more


3. Boiling Heat Transfer and Two-Phase Flow (Series in Chemical and Mechanical Engineering)
by L. S. Tong, Y. S. Tang
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Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This second edition provides reliable information in predicting the thermal hydraulic behavior of boiling devices and two-phase flow.It contains formulas for predicting real or potential boiling heat transfer behavior.Emphasis is on applications to high heat flux equipment, such as nuclear reactors, and they are presented throughout the book. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The science of mundane
This is a very good book to have for an engineer who deal with two-phase flows and heat transfer, for those who design and operate nuclear reactors, thermal power plants and other thermal management systems. It provides a foundation, with an extensive collection of empirical formulae which could be useful if properly applied. What feels missing in this book, - and is general feature of BOOKS on two-phase flows and boiling - is the heavy empiricism, the lack of a scientific concept, the absence of robust theoretical treatment that one should possess after reading such a comprehensive compilation. That is to say, it is good for some one who knows the subject/field, not for teaching someone about boiling heat transfer and two-phase flows.

4-0 out of 5 stars Flashing Phenomena
I think for better understanding to learn about Nuclear Power Plant System (NPPS), we must learn first about Boiling and Two-phase flow as an important part of thermohydraulics system in NPPS ... Read more


4. Heat Transfer
by Jack P. Holman
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-10)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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As one of the most popular heat transfer texts, Jack Holman's HEAT TRANSFER is noted for its clarity, accessible approach, and inclusion of many examples and problem sets. The new Ninth Edition retains the straight-forward, to-the-point writing style while covering both analytical and empirical approaches to the subject. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed on physical understanding while, at the same time, relying on meaningful experimental data in those situations that do not permit a simple analytical solution. New examples and templates provide students with updated resources for computer-numerical solutions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A League of Its Own
In Holman's spirit I'll keep this simple. This text, along with Moran/Shapiro's introductory text in thermodynamics, are the best textbooks met during the course of a civil or mechanical enginnering study. The style of language used form what should be an industrial standard for engineering textbooks. It keeps the level of attention at its peak by avoiding loose talk and wordy explanations where this is not required. This is litterature in its 'truest' sense. I own 40-50 science/engineering texts within fluid mechanics, solid mechanics/dynamics, mathematics, physics (Tipler best) and more. This book is number two or three, no small feat.

2-0 out of 5 stars textbook critic
This is a required classical text in most senior Mechanical Engineering programs. However, it was a difficult text to get through especially the sketchy discussed complex mathematical material -- if one is not well versed in Partial Differential Equations.

For most students, the text's analytical developments are difficult to grasp in the beginning since the author was inclinded to stay with the typical old style in writing engineering texts where as little as possible is given to the students!

I hope we're getting away from this rediculous old writing style and methodologies which ultimately needlessly blocks many good students from doing well or graduate.

Engineering textbook writers are slowly getting away from this horrible old style, by providing more comprehensive examples and making solutions manuals available to those students who wish to purchase them.

But, here I think that real market forces that brought about some needed change was the popular Schaum Outlines and REAs solution books -- giving the students what they really needed to do problems. So authors slowly began competing with these growing anciliary technical products!

Please note, in the past years, it was almost inhuman what technical students had to endure to get through their required courses to graduate.

Author J. P. Holman began in the 1960's with a really sketchy Heat Transfer textbook assuming students undestood the analytical proofs and then slowly began to make changes that gave the students more information in which to understand the complex analytical Partial Differential Equation derivations and solutions. The concepts of heat flow are not difficult it is the mathematics, the assumptions and the numerous steps reaching a solutions that is wild.

Hopefully, someday, we'll get away altogether from technical textbooks, which are inherently a 2-Dimensional medium, and move to modern medias that easily allow authors to write textbooks having 3-Dimensional data so students can quickly see and understand what the author is trying to convey.

Most technical courses deal with 3-Dimensional information so it is appropraite that authors move to new mediums soon and finally wean ourselves from technical textbooks altogether.

Gerard Jerry Sagliocca, P.E.
Albany, New York (USA)

4-0 out of 5 stars Holman Heat Transfer
A classical. Required reading for heat transfer design in heater convection sections. I found it simple and practical. By the way, I am looking for a new book (as mine was stolen).

Marco Flores

4-0 out of 5 stars For the serious engineer
Holman's book is very good. Despite the minimal errors, his approach is very technical and well constructed. There is extensive coverage of mathematical derivations which make it very versatile for the comprehensive engineering analysis. I recommend it for beginning Heat Transfer students or as a handy reference.

2-0 out of 5 stars I HATE THIS STUPID BOOK
I hate this book, all the figures it refers to are on a different page, so you have to be flipping to and fro while you're reading in order to see the figure they're talking about, only to find out you still don't understand. I wish someone would come up with a good Heat Transfer book for Chemical Engineers. There are many gramatical errors in this book, and on the problem sets, and one of the tables in the back lists values of Cp under a Cv label. Ugh. Many mistakes, mediocre figures. There should be more pictures of real-life heat exchangers so students can picture whatever the author is talking about. If I ever learn or pass this class, it'll be because of my excellent professor, not because of this black and blue book. I can't wait to soak it in gas and set it on FIRE. ... Read more


5. Schaum's Outline of Heat Transfer
by DonaldPitts
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
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If you want top grades and thorough understanding of heat transfer, this powerful study tool is the best tutor you can have! It takes you step-by-step through the subject and gives you 269 accompanying related problems with fully worked solutions. You also get 92additional problems to solve on your own, working at your own speed. (Answers at the back show you how you’re doing.) Famous for their clarity, wealth of illustrations and examples, and lack of dreary minutie, Schaum’s Outlines have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide—and this guide will show you why! ... Read more


6. Introduction to the Technology of Explosives
by Paul W.Cooper, Stanley R.Kurowski
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Introduction to the Technology of Explosives Paul W. Cooper and Stanley R. Kurowski Introduction to the Technology of Explosives is a clear and concise survey of the technologies and physical processes involved in explosive phenomena. The book is intended to provide the worker new to the field with sufficient background to understand problems that may arise and to interact intelligently with specialists in the field. The book covers the fundamentals of the chemistry of explosives; the mechanics of burning; sound, shock, and detonation; initiation and initiators; scaling in design and analysis; and off-the-shelf explosive devices. It provides the basic calculational skills needed to solve simple, first-order engineering design problems, and emphasizes the crucial importance of safety considerations. The book contains a broad range of data on explosive materials, and their properties and behavior, along with extensive lists of useful references. Example problems with solutions are provided in each technical area, as are descriptions and analysis of a wide variety of explosive devices. The book concludes with a thorough and comprehensive description of regulatory requirements for the classification, transportation, and storage of explosives, and an extensive guide to explosives safety in plant and test facilities. This book will be of interest to explosives technicians and engineers, government regulators, crime and accident scene investigators, and instructors in military, police, and FBI bomb schools. ... Read more


7. Advances in Protein Chemistry, Volume 51: Linkage Thermodynamics of Macromolecular Interactions
by Federic Richards
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Catlog: Book (1998-05-15)
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This volume commemorates the 50th anniversary of the appearance in Volume 4 in 1948 of Dr. Jeffries Wyman's famous paper in which he "laid down" the foundations of linkage thermodynamics. Experts in this area contribute articles on the state-of-the-art of this important field and on new developments of the original theory. Among the topics covered in this volume are electrostatic contributions to molecular free energies in solution; site-specific analysis of mutational effects in proteins; allosteric transitions of the acetylcholine receptor; and deciphering the molecular code of hemoglobin allostery. ... Read more


8. Statistical Mechanics : A Concise Introduction for Chemists
by B. Widom
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This is an introduction to statistical mechanics, intended to be used either in an undergraduate physical chemistry course or by beginning graduate students with little undergraduate background in the subject. It assumes familiarity with thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, the kinetic theory of gases, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, at the level at which these subjects are normally treated in undergraduate physical chemistry. Highly illustrated with numerous exercises and worked solutions, it provides a concise, up-to-date treatise of statistical mechanics and is ideally suited to use in one semester courses. ... Read more


9. Chemical and Engineering Thermodynamics
by Stanley I.Sandler
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-14)
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Average Customer Review: 3.31 out of 5 stars
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A More Accessible Approach to Thermodynamics In this third edition, you'll find a modern approach to applied thermodynamics. The material is presented in sufficient detail to provide a solid understanding of the principles of thermodynamics and its classical applications. Also included are the applications of chemical engineering thermodynamics to issues such as the distribution of chemicals in the environment, safety, polymers, and solid-state-processing. To make thermodynamics more accessible, several helpful features are included. Important concepts are emphasized in marginal notes throughout each chapter. Illustrations have also been added to demonstrate the use of these concepts and to provide a better understanding of the material. Boxes are used to highlight equations so that students can easily identify the end results of analyses. You can also visit the text's web site to download additional problem sets, computer programs to solve thermodynamic and phase behavior problems, and Mathcad(r) worksheets used for problem solving. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Prerequisite: P-Chem
This book is applauded for its precision and details, but complained for its level of rigor that is not welcomed by an average undergraduate student. Students should have taken physical chemistry or at least be familiar with concepts of thermodynamic mixing in order to read this book.

Discussion on basic laws of thermodynamics is very terse that readers should look elsewhere (i.e. Atkins' Physical Chemistry or McQuarrie's Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach) for such topics. Treatise on liquids, chemical equilibrium, and real substances is excellent. Overall this is not a bad text if you've met the prerequisite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thermo Book - Not for the weak minded
A truly excellent text on chemical thermodynamics...every topic is throughly and accurately explained in detail. However, this book is too intense for the average engineering student. But if you are sick of your lame thermo text and/or professor and want to know the real meat and potatoes of chemical thermo...this is a good place to start. This book teaches thermo at a level required of all ChemE's and ME's 20 or 30 years ago...it's too bad enigneering education has weaken to the point where people complain about a class "obviously being too hard because the majority of the class failed"...maybe the majority of class didn't have the desire or intelligence to be an engineer.

5-0 out of 5 stars *The* fundamental work. A "Strong Buy" for anybody!
If you know more or less what eng and or chem thermo is about and feel more advanced and confident in this subject and do not need/want a 'Book-For-Dummies', then go and purchase the world-wide highly renowned textbook by Stanley I. Sandler. This has now become the definitive standard and top reference in class. It is full of words and formulas, tables, charts and illustrations, examples, problems, diagrams and appendices, all presented in a modern, attractive manner. You can use it as a 'detailed text' or as a 'look-up reference'. Due to the nature of the subject matter, this book is not 'easy': a complete, detailed, thorough book on a hard, dry subject will result in a hard (and dry?) reading for anybody! Nevertheless, the modern, beautiful presentation will make the reader's efforts worthwhile. This is not an "enjoyable" reading as such, but the most in-depth, thorough, detailed, modern treatment for class. I consider this book a must-have reference on your ChemE bookshelf. If you go for *one* book only on thermo, then buy Sandler's. rated: Strong Buy for anybody. Even after having mastered this subject, this book will *still* serve as a valuable tool: as a detailed ("advanced") intro text and as a fine look-up reference. Sandler's book *is* a monograph, and it should be titled "Fundamentals of Chemical Thermodynamics" only, because it does not cover much of "Engineering Thermodynamics" (see books by Moran/Shapiro or Yunus A. Cengel for fantastic intro tomes on eng thermo. see also book by Smith/VanNess/Abbott 2001.). This book is a challenge, but if you are a smart learner and can handle this hard subject matter, there is no better intro or advanced text on chemical thermodynamics, chemical engineering thermodynamics or phase/physical/chemical equilibria! No doubt a 5-stars rating.
Please also read my pos reviews of thermo books by Noel de Nevers 2002 and Stanley M. Walas 1985. See also my neg review of thermo book by Smith/VanNess/Abbott 2001. For a complete listing of relevant thermo titles have a look at table 8-1, pages 8.2-8.4, in Poling/Prausnitz/O'Connell 5th ed. c2001.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bringing chaos to order
Reading this book is like peeling an onion in that it has no well defined core. It is also like walking into a jungle without a map since it is so badly organized. His skill for manipulating equations is marginal, making things even worse. In a few places, the author confuses a necessary condition with a sufficient condition. The book also contains many logical and conceptual errors. It would have hit the garbage a long time ago if it wasn't a textbook.

Having said that, the book has several good sections in it, along with a wealth of information, if you know what (and where) you are looking for. Most of basic elements are in the book. But, you have to know how to weave a coherent story out of them in order to benefit from the book. I should add that problems at the end of each chapter are quite good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masters level
This book is clearly written for the Master level student. During my Bachelor (Chem Eng) study this book was required. I found the text a bit above Bachelor level and wouldn't recommend it to anyone at this level. However if you are studying thermodynamics at Master level (or above) you'll find this book of great value. ... Read more


10. Gas Turbine Combustion (Combustion: An International)
by Arthur Henry Lefebvre
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
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This revised edition provides understanding of the basic physical, chemical, and aerodynamic processes associated with gas turbine combustion and their relevance and application to combustor performance and design.Also introduced are many new concepts for ultra-low emissions combustors, and new advances in fuel preparation and liner wall-cooling techniques for their success.It details advanced and practical approaches to combustor design for the clean burning of alternative liquid fuels derived form oil shades, tar sands, and coal. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't search for more
The best about Gas Turbine Combustion.. very understandable and enjoyable.. do not look for more ... Read more


11. Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, 2nd Edition
by Herbert B. Callen
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Catlog: Book (1985-08-29)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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The only text to cover both thermodynamic and statistical mechanics--allowing students to fully master thermodynamics at the macroscopic level. Presents essential ideas on critical phenomena developed over the last decade in simple, qualitative terms. This new edition maintains the simple structure of the first and puts new emphasis on pedagogical considerations. Thermostatistics is incorporated into the text without eclipsing macroscopic thermodynamics, and is integrated into the conceptual framework of physical theory. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful Postulational Approach to Thermodynamics
Why did I buy an older thermodynamics text, one first published in 1960? I trust the advice of other Amazon reviewers.

They say: 1) The best treatment of classical thermodynamics that I have seen. The chapters on phase transitions are excellent and the mechanical model used to illustrate critical phenomena is brilliant. 2) It is far better than most books on the subject. 3) I think this book has no competition as a text in thermodynamics. It is the ideal preparation for a book like Landau's Statistical Physics. 4) The overview of the fundamentals of thermodynamics is without rival. 5) I think this book is a great option if you feel disappointed with the standard treatment of thermodynamics, which to me is quite boring and clumsy.

A few reviewers argued that Callen's text was less suitable for engineering students (too few heat-mechanical energy conversion problems) and chemical engineers (too few chemical mixture problems).

I agree with the majority. Thermodynamics, an Introduction to the Physical Theories of Equilibrium Thermostatics and Irreversible Thermodynamics, is an exceptional text. I give it five stars.

H. B. Callen offers a fascinating and insightful postulational approach to thermodynamics rather than the conventional inductive approach. He targets first year graduate students and advanced undergraduates; however, even readers proficient with advanced thermodynamics should find Callen's approach stimulating.

The text has three primary sections: General Principles of Classical Thermodynamics (200 pages), Representative Applications (65 pages), and Fluctuations and Irreversible Thermodynamics (50 pages). An extensive appendix, some 50 pages, offers a useful review of pertinent mathematics and other relevant topics. Answers are not provided to the chapter problems.

Interspersed throughout are brief chapters that review useful mathematical techniques. I appreciated the discussions of the Euler equation, the Legendre transformations, the extremum principle in the Legendre transformed representations, and the Maxwell relations (not the Maxwell EM equations). Callen provides useful tools like a thermodynamic mnemonic diagram (first introduced by Max Born) and associated procedures for reducing the formal manipulation of partial derivates to "a simple recipe".

Callen's text has been widely used. I reviewed the 1960 first edition, eighteenth printing. A second edition published in 1984 is easier to find and is often used today as a supplementary text.

Thanks again for the advice from previous reviewers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Formalism
Best treatment of extensive, intensive variables, thermodynamic potentials thermodynamic stability. I relied on the first edition of this text, along with other texts, for years while teaching thermo and stat mech. However, I preferred Gibbs's original argument for proving the equivalence of energy minimun at constant entropy to entropy maximum at constant energy. The book's weakness is that a student can learn everything in it without being able to apply the subject in the laboratory (some of the exercises are good in this regard, though). The opposite can be said about Zemansky. Forget Reif, a hodgepodge of half-baked ideas unsystematically organized and presented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Right book, wrong edition...
The book gets five stars, but with the one caveat that this applies only to the first edition and not the second. Callen's book was the first to really push the axiomatic approach to classical thermodynamics, and the quality of the pedagogy on the subject prior to the emergence of the original version of this text in 1960 was, shall we say, "lacking." That said, actually spending money on the portion of this book devoted to statistical mechanics, when there are significantly clearer and cheaper presentations to be found (such as that by Chandler), is a little silly. The best thing about the introduction of new editions, however, is that they frequently drive down the price of the old - one can now easily find used, hardcover copies of the original version of this text for significantly less than half the cost of the new edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful treatment of classical thermodynamics
leaving aside the stat mech part, the book is just perfect. The presentation of the subject is not the traditional one (like, for example, Fermi's thermodynamics); it begins with the fundamental equation (Entropy versus the rest of the extensive variables) and all the postulates, and then goes on thru all thermodynamics. I found this approach much clearer, and more fun. From the first moment you are aware that with just one state equation (an equation between the intensive variables), you do not know the system completely. The thermodynamic potentials are introduced using in an explicit way the idea of the Legendre transform (but the math involved is very simple) and so the essence of the therm. potentials can be readily understood. I think this book is a great option if you feel disappointed with the standard treatment of thermodynamics, which to me is quite boring and clumsy.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic text on the fundementals of Thermodynamics
The books overview of the fundementals of thermo is without rival. This book lays out the laws of thermo in a postulate form. From these postulates you can derive the entire theroy of classical thermo. This can be used to solve practical problems and derive thermodynamic relationships. It is a great refference.

This book takes you through the theory of thermo, but for a more practicle look at thermo see Smith and Van Ess Introduction to thermodymanics for chemical Engineers.

The first half of this book is perfect for the begining chemist or Chem Engineer. It is a great book for grad students also

I give this book five stars for the first half the second half is not all that great. Buy T. Hills Introduction to Statistical Mechanics for the thermostatistic part. It is from dover press and is cheap all Hills books are great and from dover. ... Read more


12. Handbook of Thermodynamic Diagrams, Volume 3 : Organic Compounds C8 to C28 (Library of Physico-Chemical Property Data , Vol 3)
by Carl L. Yaws
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13. Handbook of Thermodynamic Diagrams, Volume 2 : Organic Compounds C5 to C7 (Vol 2) (Library of Physico-Chemical Property Data)
by Carl L. Yaws
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-12)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
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14. Handbook of Thermodynamic Diagrams, Volume 1 : Organic Compounds C1 to C4 (Library of Physico-Chemical Property Data)
by Carl L. Yaws
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15. Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria (3rd Edition)
by John M. Prausnitz, Rudiger N. Lichtenthaler, Edmundo Gomes de Azevedo
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Catlog: Book (1998-10-22)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Smith & Van Hess preferable!
This book is used as graduate text for GTech, ChBE course, and suffices in context of summarizing a large amount of material on fugacities in mixtures, empirical methods used for prediction and analysis of phase euilibria problems. With no previous exposure to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, I found Smith and Van Hess to be greatly helpful in explaining basic concepts, and providing a lucid, logical development of the subject. While Prausnitz dwells at length on the behavior of mixtures, the development of the subject leaves one wanting for a lot more, and hence this book will always need atleat one complementary text like Smith's book to be a useful text. The topics explained really well in the text include fugacities in gas and liquid mixtures, and calculation of solubilities of solids or gases in liquids. Other areas of thermodynamics are either ignored or coverage is sketchy (for examples treatment of polymers, electrolytes, use of statistical mechanics, etc).

5-0 out of 5 stars Clearly written , Very good book
The book explains clearly the subjects making easy to understand the topics. I would suggest chem. eng to use it as a tool for understanding any specific subject in phase equilibria. It points out clearly the principles. Any book written by Dr. Prausnitz has high quality.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good solution thermo, but don't get rid of Smith & Van Ness
This is the text that is used for graduate ChE thermo at Georgia Tech. I found many of the chapters to be very useful and complete. For example, the chapters on estimating fugacities and solubilities in gases and liquids were very well written. However, I found the treatment of some topics, such as equations of state and supercritical fluids to be somewhat superficial and not developed very well in general. Smith & Van Ness and The Properties of Gases and Liquids were useful supplements.

4-0 out of 5 stars Errata
En la Ec. 6-122 pg. 264 el subindice del tercer termino de la derecha de la ecuacion: phi* dice 2 debe decir 1.

Por favor si tienen un Fe de Erratas comunicarlo a todos los usuarios.

El libro es excelente. gracias

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and interesting...
I found this book easy to read about some topics that others books make to difficult to understand. I widely recommend this book... ... Read more


16. Fundamentals of Momentum, Heat, and Mass Transfer
by JamesWelty, Charles E.Wicks, Robert E.Wilson, Gregory L.Rorrer
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Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
This is a easy entrance book for graduated students. Chemical Engineers will be safe with this. ... Read more


17. Thermodynamics of Small Systems (Dover Phoneix Editions)
by Terrell L. Hill
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This hardcover edition is a summary of the basics of small system (or nonmacroscopic) thermodynamics, written by the originator of the field. It represents the most extensive addition to equilibrium thermodynamics since Gibbs. Originally published in two volumes it remains essential reading in a field whose practical aim is to derive equations that provide interconnections among various thermodynamic functions. Part I introduces the basics of small system thermodynamics, exploring environmental variables, noting throughout the ways in which small thermodynamic systems differ operationally from macroscopic systems. Part II explores binding on macromolecules and aggregation, completes the discussion of environmental variables and includes brief summaries of certain special topics. Among these are electric and magnetic fields; spherical drops and bubbles; and polydisperse systems. Terrell L. Hill, a leading American chemist, biophysicist and science writer and educator, is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Unabridged and corrected Dover republication in one volume of the two-volume edition published by W. A. Benjamin, Inc., New York, 1963, 1964. 32 illustrations. 2 Prefaces. Index. References.
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4-0 out of 5 stars logical presentation of nanothermodynamics fundamentals
Some scientists, including the author, are beginning to use the phrase 'nanothermodynamics' to describe the behavior of small chemical systems at or near equilibrium. 'Thermodynamics of Small Systems' provides many concepts which can be used to describe these behaviors in practical terms for biological systems, between nearest-neighbor molecules or molecular clusters at surfaces and interfaces, in vapor-liquid-solid interfacial reaction and diffusion, in adsorbent-adsorbate interactions, or in membrane science and heterogeneous catalysis at short length scales. Concepts are clear and easy to apply if one has a strong background in chemical thermodyanmics and physical chemistry. A basic understanding of quantum chemistry is also useful.

When I read this book a few years ago, I merely sought to round out my knowledge of molecular level chemical systems by covering an area of thermodynamics I wasn't familiar with, but had no expectation of ever using those concepts. In fact, I've found that Dr. Hill's book has become a fundamental reference for my own work. ... Read more


18. Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics
by David Chandler
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Catlog: Book (1987-09-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars essential reading for any theoretical chemist
I bought this book as a supplement in my graduate stat mech course. I found that McQuarrie, while thorough (in a good way), lacks chapters on thermodynamics and starts off at a high level. Plischke, while encyclopedic, and equally modern, lacks much of the explanation and "physical insight" found in Chandler's presentation. I'm enjoying the text and working through the problems (get the solutions manual, even though its incomplete). There is a lot to be learned from this well written text. It is certainly a valuable resource to any physical scientist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
A clear, concise explanation of statistical mechanics. Some people may complain about the "concise" part--in many cases, mathematical exercises are left as exercises to the student. However, this practice allows the reader to really understand the material by doing, not just reading. I learned stat mech for the first time from this book, and only examined other texts (mcquarrie or hill) afterwards.

5-0 out of 5 stars Caltech Graduate Student
This was a great book. It covered the important material and left out all of the extra garbage that most books carry on for pages about. The presentation was done using clear mathematics and modern, easily followed notation. The book is short making it practical to actually read the entire book if you are extremely busy. We used the book in conjunction with Hill. I don't recommend Hill because it is hard to follow.

4-0 out of 5 stars Only modern stat mech book
The best part of this book is that it is modern. You have chapters on Monte Carlo simulations, the Ising model, and more. You don't get long chapters on the partition function of an ideal gas, for example. The bad part about this book is that it is not immediately transparent if you're reading stat mech for the first time. I like it more the more I know about stat mech, but it's not a good beginner's book, and I think it's better to have another book with it - maybe Hill or McQuarrie - since it's not really that long either. Still, recommended (get the soln. manual too) with these caveats.

4-0 out of 5 stars Modern and concise approach to the subject.
This is a clearly exposed text on Statistical Mechanics, with a very modern approach. I find the problems particularly interesting (look for the Solution Manual of this title). ... Read more


19. Introduction to Modern Colloid Science (Oxford Science Publications)
by Robert J. Hunter
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Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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From agricultural soils to the foods we eat to the structure of biological cells, most of our world is made up of heterogeneous mixtures of particles.Authored by a leading expert in the field, Introduction to Modern Colloid Science offers an up-to-date, interdisciplinary introduction to the processes that govern the behavior of such colloidal systems.Throughout, the book emphasizes basic principles and does not require significant expertise in chemistry or mathematics. Topics include the characterization of colloidal dispersions, flow behavior, thermodynamics of surfaces, and applications of colloid and surface science.The book will be welcomed by students in physical chemistry and chemical engineering as well as by people in industry wanting an introduction to the applications of colloid science in the processing, waste treatment, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and agriculture fields. ... Read more


20. Thermodynamics of Chemical Systems
by Scott Emerson Wood, Rubin Battino
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Catlog: Book (1990-03-30)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The concepts and relations pertinent to the solution of many thermodynamic problems encountered in multi-phase, multi-component systems are developed in this volume. Emphasis is placed on a comprehension and development of general expressions for solving such problems, rather than ready-made equations for particular applications. The first half of the book is devoted to defining the thermodynamic functions and to generating the fundamental relations relevant to chemical systems at equilibrium.The second half concentrates on the application of these relations to real systems and the methods which can be used to obtain additional connections.Throughout, the methods of Gibbs are used with emphasis on the chemical potential. ... Read more


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