This book originated in a course of lectures held at Columbia University, New York. It is an elementary treatise throughout, based entirely on pure thermodynamics; however, it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the fundamental facts of thermometry and calorimetry. Here and there will be found short references to the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics. The Nobel Prize for Physics in 1938 was awarded to Enrico Fermi for his demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation, and for his related discovery of nuclear reactions brought about by slow neutrons.

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