Ivan Bazarov

photo neededIn thermodynamics, Ivan Pavlovich Bazarov (1916-2005), or "Иван Павлович Базаров", was a Russian physicist and thermodynamicist noted for his humor and for founding his own school of thermodynamic, prominent in Russian universities, based on the Gibbs method and the Bogolyubov distribution functions, which presented both equilibrium and nonequilibrium from a single point of view. [2]

Existence of god
In his 1964 Thermodynamics, Bazarov argued against the thermodynamics-based existence of god argument, such as was proposed by Friedrich Engels. [3] According to a review Bazarov’s argument by American chemical engineer Benjamin Kyle: [4]

“Identifying flaws in the thermal death argument for the existence of a creator, Bazarov points to the unfounded assumption that the laws of thermodynamics apply to the entire universe and to Engels' argument that the creation implied by the second law would be in violation of the first law. In Engels' words, those advocating the pro-creation view saw the universe as winding down and thus assumed that an initial winding up had been provided by "a stimulus from without." However, the process of winding up imparted energy to the universe and hence the total energy of the universe has not always been constant as required by Clausius' first-law statement.”

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Bazarov completed his undergraduate work at the Ryazan Pedagogical Institute. In 1949 he completed his candidate’s dissertation (1949) and doctoral dissertation (1971) in the physical mathematics at Moscow State University. [2] At MSU, Bazarov taught a course on thermodynamics and statistical physics for over twenty-five years, based on his popular thermodynamics textbook which saw four-editions, being translated into six-languages. Bazarov was a follower and disciple of Russian physicist Nikolay Bogolyubov.


The following are noted quotes:

“The second law of thermodynamics is, without a doubt, one of the most perfect laws in physics. Any reproducible violation of it, however small, would bring the discoverer great riches as well as a trip to Stockholm. The world’s energy problems would be solved at one stroke. It is not possible to find any other law (except, perhaps, for super selection rules such as charge conservation) for which a proposed violation would bring more skepticism than this one. Not even Maxwell’s laws of electricity or Newton’s law of gravitation are so sacrosanct, for each has measurable corrections coming from quantum effects or general relativity.”
— Ivan Bazarov (1964), Thermodynamics [1]

See also
List of thermodynamics textbooks that include human thermodynamics

1. Bazarov, Ivan P. (1964). Thermodynamics . Pergamon.
2. Author. (2006). “Ivan Pavlovich Bazarov (1916-2005)”, Russian Journal of Physical Chemistry, Vol. 80, pgs. 313.
3. Bazarov, ibid. (1964). (“stimulus from without”, pg. 76).
4. (a) Kyle, Benjamin G. (1988). “The Mystique of Entropy” (abstract), Chemical Engineering Education, Vol. 22., pgs. 92-97. Spr.
(b) Kyle, Benjamin G. (1999). Entropy: Reflections of a Classical Thermodynamicist (ch. 8: The Mystique of Entropy, 15 pgs.). Kansas State University; first published on attached CD-ROM to Chemical and Process Thermodynamics (3rd ed.), Prentice Hall, 1999.

External links
Bazarov, I. P. – WorldCat Identities.

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