Suggestions for starting a thermodynamics library of your own
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Sadi Carnot “Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire”
The work of genius that founded thermodynamics as a theory-based science.
ISBN-10: 0486446417 Dover edition available from online booksellers.
James Clerk Maxwell “Theory of Heat”
Maxwell is so good at explaining thermodynamics – every student should read this book.
ISBN-10: 0486417352 available print-on-demand from online booksellers.
J. Willard Gibbs “Scientific Papers Volume I Thermodynamics”
From the man who single-handedly founded chemical thermodynamics. Essential bedtime reading.
ISBN-10: 0918024773 available print-on-demand from online booksellers.
Rudolf Clausius “The Mechanical Theory of Heat”
If you like clear and logical presentation, you’ll love this book. Plenty of math in it too.
ISBN-10: 0554995840 available print-on-demand from online booksellers.
Enrico Fermi “Thermodynamics”
Beautifully clear presentation of the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics from the guy who built the world’s first nuclear reactor.
ISBN-13: 978-0486603612 Dover edition available from online booksellers.