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On the Dynamical Theory of Heat." - William Thomson - 1852. 
Taylor and Francis, London 1852 - "On the Dynamical Theory of Heat." In The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, fourth series, volume 4, September 1852, pp. 2-21; pp. 105-17; 168-76; 424-34. This paper gives Thomson's statement of the laws of thermodynamics, the jewel of nineteenth century physics and one of the great achievements in the annals of science. This volume also contains Thomson's ¿On a Universal Tendency in Nature to the Dissipation of Mechanical Energy" (pp. 304-6) , which introduced the terms "energy" and "dissipation" to the general public establishing the widespread view that in the future the second principle of the dynamical theory of heat suggests that the mechanism of the universe will run down due to energy loss or dissipation, rendering the world uninhabitable for humankind. Bound in original tan leather with marbled boards. X-libris but free of library stamps and associated paraphernalia. Minor tear to one page and minor scuffing to boards, but otherwise a fine copy of a canonical volume. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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