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Titolo:
Bluff your way in the second law of thermodynamics
Autore:
Uffink, J;
Indirizzi:
Univ Utrecht, Inst Hist & Fdn Sci, NL-3508 TA Utrecht, Netherlands Univ Utrecht Utrecht Netherlands NL-3508 TA 3508 TA Utrecht, Netherlands
Titolo Testata:
STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN PHYSICS
fascicolo: 3, volume: 32B, anno: 2001,
pagine: 305 - 394
SICI:
1355-2198(200109)32B:3<305:BYWITS>2.0.ZU;2-E
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Keywords:
thermodynamics; second law; irreversibility; time-reversal non-invariance; arrow of time;
Tipo documento:
Review
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Citazioni:
113
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Uffink, J Univ Utrecht, Inst Hist & Fdn Sci, POB 80000, NL-3508 TA Utrecht, Netherlands Univ Utrecht POB 80000 Utrecht Netherlands NL-3508 TA therlands
Citazione:
J. Uffink, "Bluff your way in the second law of thermodynamics", STUD H P M, 32B(3), 2001, pp. 305-394

Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyse the relation between the second law of thermodynamics and the so-called arrow of time. For this purpose, a number of different aspects in this arrow of time are distinguished, in particular those of time-reversal (non-)invariance and of (ir)reversibility. Next I review versions of the second law in the work of Carnot, Clausius, Kelvin, Planck, Gibbs, Caratheodory and Lieb and Yngvason, and investigate their connection with these aspects of the arrow of time. It is shown that this connection varies a great deal along with these formulations of the second law. According to the famous formulation by Planck, the second law expressesthe irreversibility of natural processes. But in many other formulations irreversibility or even time-reversal non-invariance plays no role. I therefore argue for the view that the second law has nothing to do with the arrowof time. (C) 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

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