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Author: Joseph M. Powers

M. M. Abbott and H. C. van Ness, 1989, Thermodynamics with Chemical Applications, Second Edition, Schaum’s Outline Series in Engineering, McGraw-Hill, New York.
First published in 1972, this is written in the style of all the Schaum’s series. It has extensive solved problems and a crisp rigorous style that is readable by undergraduate engineers. It has a chemical engineering emphasis, but is also useful for all engineers.

P. Atkins, 2010, The Laws of Thermodynamics: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
This is a short book by an eminent chemist summarizing the foundations of thermodynamics for an interested general reader.

A. Bejan, 2006, Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics, Third Edition, John Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.
This is an advanced undergraduate text first published in 1988. It gives a modern treatment of the science of classical thermodynamics. It does not confine its attention to traditional engineering problems, and considers applications across biology and earth sciences as well; some readers will find parts of the discussion to be provocative, as received wisdom is occasionally challenged. The thermodynamics of irreversible processes are discussed in detail.

T. L. Bergman, A. S. Lavine, F. P. Incropera, and D. P. DeWitt, 2011, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer, Seventh Edition, John Wiley, New York.
This has evolved since its introduction in 1981 into the standard undergraduate text in heat transfer. The interested thermodynamics student will find the subject of heat transfer builds in many ways on a classical thermodynamics foundation. Especially relevant to thermodynamics are chapters on boiling and condensation, heat exchangers, as well as extensive tables of thermal properties of real materials.

R. S. Berry, S. A. Rice, and J. Ross, 2000, Physical Chemistry, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
This is a rigorous general text in physical chemistry at a senior or first year graduate level. First appearing in 1980, it has a full treatment of classical and statistical thermodynamics as well as quantum mechanics.

L. Boltzmann, 1995, Lectures on Gas Theory, Dover, New York.
This is a detailed monograph by the founding father of statistical thermodynamics. This edition is a translation of the original German version, Gastheorie, from 1896-1898. (preview)

C. Borgnakke and R. E. Sonntag, 2009, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Seventh Edition, John Wiley, New York.
This classic and popular undergraduate mechanical engineering text, which in earlier editions was authored by J. G. van Wylen and Sonntag, has stood the test of time and has a full treatment of most classical problems. Its first edition appeared in 1965.

M. Born, 1949, Natural Philosophy of Cause and Chance, Clarendon Press, Oxford.
This monograph is a summary of the Waynflete Lectures delivered at Oxford University in 1948 by the author, the winner of the 1954 Nobel Prize in physics. The lectures consider various topics, and include an important chapter on thermodynamics with the author’s earlier defense of the approach of Carathèodory playing a prominent role.

R. Boyle, 2003, The Sceptical Chymist, Dover, New York.
This is a reprint of the original 1661 work of the famous early figure of the scientific revolution. (