Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics

EoHT cover (Jul 2010)
July 2010 draft-cover for the printed 5-volume set of the Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics
In encyclopedias, Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics (EoHT.info) is the 2007 to 2011 name for Hmolpedia, thereafter, at about the 2,000-article mark, renamed: Hmolpedia: Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics, Human Chemistry, and Human Physics, representative of the grown encompassing nature of the site. [1]

The articles on subjects in the encyclopedia are arranged in groups, as shown in the adjacent navigation box, such as by sub-branches, by pioneers of human thermodynamics, by topics in human thermodynamics, by new articles, etc., and listed either alphabetically or by importance, and are contained in the set of freely-available online Wetpaint wiki pages (eoht.info), that anyone can edit.

Name | EoHT
→ Hmolpedia
The general written-in-text name, for lengthy "online Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics", as used in discussions, since the sites 2007-launch, seems to have traditionally been either: EoHT, EoHT wiki, or EoHT.info.

In 2011, the acronym term EoHT seems to have become unwieldy in the case of repeated use, e.g. used three or more times in one paragraph, and a newer lower case alternative seems to be needed, similar to Wikipedia, which is easier to type that EoHT, which requires increased keyboard dexterity (one shift-key type, one type, followed by two shift-key types). Some of the alternatives (a subject still in limbo), in descending order of preference, are listed below:

Hmolpedia (signifying that the encyclopedia covers (a) human thermodynamics, (b) human chemistry, (c) human physics, and (d) human molecule; albeit with general focus on the thermodynamics.)

● EoHT
● EoHT.info

● Htpedia
● Humanthermopedia
● HTpedia

● Eohtpedia (seems redundant?)
● Thermopedia (taken, see below)
● Eoht

The purpose of an encyclopedia, in the words of French philosopher and writer Denis Diderot, editor-in-chief of the famous
Encyclopédie, is: [3]

“An encyclopedia's aim is to collect knowledge, disseminated around the globe; to set forth its general system to the men with whom we live, and transmit it to those who will come after us, so that the work of preceding centuries will not become useless to the centuries to come; and so that our offspring, becoming better instructed, will at the same time become more virtuous and happy, and that we should not die without having rendered a service to the human race.”

The aim herein is the same, namely to collect knowledge, in a systematic way; albeit with focus on the subject of human thermodynamics, thermodynamics, and topics periphery to these.

Wiki encyclopedias
The aim of a free online wiki-based encyclopedia, as expressed by Wikipedia (launched 2001) founder Jimmy Wales, is that: [10]

“Wikipedia [compared to Britannica] begins with a very radical idea, and that’s for all of us to imagine a world where every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.”
Britannica (1911)Wikipedia (screenshot 2010)
Left: advertisement for the 11th edition 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica (a reaction to the French Encyclopédie), which is still praised for its excellence, used as reference for some articles of the EoHT. [11] Right a 2010 screenshot of Wikipedia, launched in 2001, the prototype model for wiki-style encyclopedia construction.

The purpose of the Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics is the same, but with specific focus on the multifarious theories, postulates, ideas, conceptions, and people connected to the two-century long study of the thermodynamic understanding of the place of the human being in the universe. In the words of American historian Henry Adams, “Man as a form of energy, is in most need of getting a footing on the law of thermodynamics.” [4]

See main: EoHT (history)
The Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics was started in December of 2007 (see: progress report) by American chemical engineer Libb Thims in association with Russian physical chemist Georgi Gladyshev in efforts to organize thermodynamics. [8] The core of the EoHT is being built using Thims’ thermodynamic book collection, that he began collecting in 1995, along with his vast file of articles, facts, and notes to organize the set of known information on the thermodynamic understanding of human life, in conjunction with tools such as Google Book SearchExternal link icon (c), Google ScholarExternal link icon (c), JSTORExternal link icon (c), AmazonExternal link icon (c), etc., and local and university libraries and book stores in or around Chicago.

By December of 2008, the EoHT had 19 members and over 620+ articles. At the start of 2009, seeing that the topics connected to the thermodynamics of human existence seem to connect to all other branches and topics in thermodynamics, like a spider web, the following 1886 quote, by Oliver Holmes Jr., is beginning to summarize the direction that the EoHT is taking: [9]

“To be master of any branch of knowledge, you must master those which lie next to it; and thus, to know anything — you must know all.”

The cover page (above) shows the draft-version of the hardcover printed EoHT, which may be available in late 2010-2011.

Comparison sites:
The main comparison thermodynamics-related online encyclopedia is the 2006-launchedExternal link icon (c)Thermopedia.com or

● Thermopedia.com (siteExternal link icon (c)) or “A-to-Z Guide to Thermodynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer, and Fluids Engineering Online” (trademarked External link icon (c): THERMOPEDIA™ in circa 2006); based on:
● Hewitt, Geoffrey and Shires, G.L. (1997). International Encyclopedia of Heat and Mass Transfer (abs). CRC Press.

The best comparison example of a good online science encyclopedia is MathWorld
External link icon (c) created by American physicist and astronomer Eric WeissteinExternal link icon (c), the biggest math site on the Internet, which currently has more than 13,000 entries, the majority of which were authored by Weisstein. [6] As to the origins of MathWorld, beginning in 1995 Weisstein took the vast collection of mathematical facts that he had been accumulating since his teenage years and began to deploy them on the early Internet.

A newly developing thermodynamics wiki is the SklogWiki, started on February 15th, 2007 by Spanish physicist Carl McBride External link icon (c), in association with the Complutense University of Madrid, for people interested in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and computer simulations, with particular focus on simple fluids, complex fluids, and soft condensed matter. The site, as of 2009, however, seems to consist of 950+ External link icon (c)mostly-empty stub pages, linked to lists of either related topic articles or related journal articles. It now seems to be a journal article organization website. A now-inactive ThermoWiki, having been an active wiki for a few months (May 27 – July 26) in 2007, was started by American chemical engineer J.M. HaileExternal link icon (c), which produced 47 articlesExternal link icon (c).

A comparitive example of an active collaborative wiki science the Encyclopedia of Earth External link icon (c)(EoE), launched 2006, with approximately 1,000 articles, which uses a one-person peer review sign-off process. As of April 2008, they had a listing of 700+ authors and 2,000+ articles. [5] The thermodynamics articles in the EoE, however, are notoriously filled with obvious errors, particularly when it comes to thermodynamics. [7]

See also
Science wikis

1. See: list of top-100 (most active) articles in the encyclopedia of human thermodynamics.
2. See: the progress report for the origin and development of the encyclopedia.
3. Diderot, Denis and d'Alembert, Jean le Rond Encyclopédie. University of Michigan Library: Scholarly Publishing Office and DLXS.
4. Adams, Henry. (1910). A Letter to American Teachers of History. Google Books, Scanned PDF. Washington.
5. EoE: FAQs - Encyclopedia of Earth.
6. About Eric Weisstein, Creator of MathWorld.
7. (a) The EoE “History of Thermodynamics” article states that a G. Black (a Joseph Black typo) coined the term thermodynamics in 1770 (very incorrect).
(b) The EoE “Thermodynamics” article has a picture of Lazare Carnot (Sadi Carnot’s father) in the caption box listed as Sadi Carnot and states that thermodynamics was founded, between 1850-60, by Irish pneumatic tire inventor Robert William Thomson (whereas the correct name is William Thomson (a co-founder) or Lord Kelvin; and the founder is Rudolf Clausius).
8. (a) The wiki encyclopedia was spurred into existence, in a general sense, out of the two-year experience of Thims as an editor at Wikipedia, between 2005-2007, having authored about 180+ articles with over 8,500+ edits while there, and the resultant view or understanding that niche topics, such as human thermodynamics, human chemistry, and human molecule, etc., do not fit in well in a encyclopedia designed for general readers. (b) The concept of entropy is so corrupted in Wikipedia, to cite one example, that one cannot even cite Clausius in the definition of entropy. (c) In addition, during this period, Thims had been contemplating the idea of starting a new wiki to make the adding of terms in the IoHT Glossary easier and themed to a more community style of construction. Subsequently, the Wetpaint wiki was chosen as a platform for the new wiki. (d) Hence the EoHT wiki was born.
9. (a) Holmes, Oliver W. (1886). Collected Legal Papers (“The Profession of the Law: Conclusion of a Lecture Delivered to Under-graduates of Harvard University”, 17 February), (pg. 29-30). The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
(b) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Wikipedia.
10. Wales, Jimmy. (2007). “Jimmy Wales: How a Ragtag Band Created Wikipedia.” TED Talks, Jan 16.
11. (a) Encyclopedia Britannica (1911) - LoveToKnow1911.
(b) from the May 1913 issue of National Geographic Magazine

External links
Encyclopedia Britannica (current)
Colombia Encyclopedia
High Beam Encyclopedia - Encyclopedia.com
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Scientific Biography - Eric Weisstein’s Worlds.
Thermopedia - (limited free search; $3,500 cost: full search)
Encyclopedia of Thermodynamics - Department of Geosciences, University of Basil.

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