Paul S. Epstein (1937)

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Textbook of Thermodynamics by Paul Sophus Epstein, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, and printed in the USA. This finely preserved copy is a 5th printing from March 1949.

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Paul Sophus Epstein was a Russian-American mathematical physicist who played a significant role in the development of quantum mechanics. In 1921, while working as an assistant to Lorentz and Ehrenfest in Leiden, he was recruited by Robert Millikan (of charge-on-the-electron fame) to come to Caltech, where he remained for the rest of his career. More about Epstein can be read here.

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Paul S. Epstein (1883-1966)

In the preface to the book, Epstein writes “This book treats thermodynamics from the point of view of the physicist and has a twofold purpose. One half of it is intended as a text in a basic course for seniors and younger graduate students. The other half may be used for reference or in special courses given to more advanced listeners.”

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A typical page from the 400+ page book, which is arranged in 22 chapters. As a physicist, Epstein elected to use a bold capital X to symbolize enthalpy since to him, H represented electromagnetic field strength. Click on image for a larger view.

 

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