WHAT IS THERMODYNAMICS
AND WHAT IS IT FOR?
Péter Ván1, 2 and Gyula Gróf11Department of Energy Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
2Department of Theoretical Physics, Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics,
Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
|INDECS 10(2), 66-72, 2012
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Received: 21 May 2011
Thermodynamics - contrary to its name - is not a dynamic theory. However, some relatively new developments, like finite time, endo-reversible or ordinary thermodynamics introduce time into thermostatics. In this framework the Second Law becomes a set of conditions ensuring the asymptotic stability of equilibrium. In this manuscript some examples are shown, how this basic conceptual change can lead to a profound understanding.
thermodynamics, thermostatics, time
JEL: Q55, Q57