Hmolpedia: Why is this site here?

Howard Hughes 1919 carHoward Hughes with motorized bike (age 17)
A 1919 Bearcat, named after Stutz Bearcat, America’s racing champion (in 1915), the car that in 1916 broke the Atlantic-Pacific trans America record, taking 11 days and seven and a half hours for the journey, and the car that Howard Hughes in 1919 (age 14), bought, tore apart, and put back together again, in less than a month, all so that he could see how it worked. [2] American aviation engineer Howard Hughes (age 12) and his motorized bike that he assembled from parts of a motor that belonged to his father. [3]
In Hmolpedia FAQs, the query why is this site here? is a common one. This is exemplified by American chemical engineering professor Leslie Woodcock, co-author, along with Stanley Sandler, of the 2010 article “Historical Observations of the Laws of Thermodynamics”, and his comment:

“What a great website! It’s a fantastic summary of all the confusion. I am curious to know where your website is coming from. Who owns and funds it? Who is its intended readership?”

The short answer to this query can best be described as combination of the "hidden treasure" view, i.e. the vision that there are buried treasures in the 1,158 Gibbs-Clausius equations, and the "tear it apart" view, i.e. the view that to fully understand thermodynamics, and particularly the Lewis inequality, which determines that which is "natural", in human interactions and reactions, in particular relationships and purpose, one must break the entire subject of thermodynamics down to its nuts and bolts, spread them out on the floor (or on on a wiki-framework), study each part individually, and then reassemble the entire collection of parts back together again, and make it run.

Tear it apart view
The framework of the growing collection of articles of Hmolpedia is based on an analogy of the young boy so intrigued by the prospect of setting a land speed and air speed record that he bought the world's then fastest car, took the entire car apart, down to each nut and bolt, spread all the parts out on the ground, label each part, study each part, understand the workings of each part, then put the car back together again, and then start it up.

The boy was a young fourteen-year-old Howard Hughes (pictured, above right), and the story has stuck as a guideline for the writing Hmolpedia. This is what American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims is doing with thermodynamics (the car) and with this wiki site (each page being either a nut, bolt, or part), i.e. “tearing the whole thing down and putting it back together again”, in Hughes’ own words (dialog, below left), each part labeled and dissected in an online open wiki-style of view, for everyone to look at, study, discuss, and debate and give opinion on.

Howard Hughes (1919)
Dialog of Howard Hughes when he bought his 1919 Bearcat, his reasoning being that: [4]

“He wanted to take it apart and put it back together again.”

The same process is occurring in the pages of Hmolpedia, with the science of thermodynamics, the equation ΔG < 0 being the car.

It is said that it took Hughes less than a month to tear apart his car. It’s taking Thims over a decade now, however, to tear apart thermodynamics. As of 2011, with over 300+ thermodynamics book, and over 2,000 Hmolpedia article parts, labeled and dissected, the distant finish line remains only a distant ideal.

The equation ΔG < 0, which describes the operation of human nature, is the car and herein we are breaking the entire subject of thermodynamics down through the integrating denominator (of the integrating factor) logic of the exact differential of the pre-Clausius era mathematicians (Leibniz to 1850) to the partial differential equation foundation mathematics of Marquis de Condorcet (1770) all the way down past the atomic theory (Leucippus, 485BC) and particle physics theories (Empedocles, 450BC) of Greeks to the birth of the sun theory (life-death cycle, 3000BC) of the Egyptians. [5]

1. (a) Woodcock, Leslie. (2010). "Email to Libb Thims", Aug 9.
(b) Sandler, Stanley I. and Woodcock, Leslie V. (2010). “Historical Observations on Laws of Thermodynamics”, J. Chem. Eng. Data, Aug.
2. Stutz Bearcat 1919 –
3. (a) Madigan, Carol O and Elwood, Ann. (1998). When They Were Kids: Over 400 Sketches of Famous Childhoods (pg. 93). Random House.
(b) Howard Hughes motorized bike (age 12) –
4. Brown, Peter H. and Broeske, Pat H. (2004). Howard Hughes: the Untold Story (pg. 14). Da Capo Press.
5. (a) Message to fluid thermodynamicist and chemical engineer user drlivingston (Apr 10 2011), as to why this site is here.
(b) Kirkwood, J.G. and Oppennheim, Irwin. (1961). Chemical Thermodynamics (integrating denominator description of the Caratheodory theorem discussed in the context of a Pfaffian expression (or Pfaffian form), pg. 36). New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co. Inc.

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