Pierre Perrot

Pierre Perrot nsIn thermodynamics, Pierre Perrot (1939-) is a French physicist and thermodynamicist noted for the publication of his 1994 thermodynamics dictionary A to Z of Thermodynamics, containing 587 thermodynamics' definitions and terms. [1]

Prior to the writing of his dictionary, Perrot had taught thermodynamics for over twenty years. Perrot is associated with
the Laboratoire de Metallurgie Physique and the University of Lille, at the latter of which he is an emeritus professor. He is also the author the 1998 French problems/solutions manual Thermodynamique Chimique (Chemical Thermodynamics), intended for graduate students. [2]

Perrot's thermodynamics 587-term dictionary is one of American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims' favorite books, and in some way has been an inspiration and and worked as a mental outline or starting point for many articles in the 2007-2010 Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics turned 2011-present Hmolpedia: an A-Z Encyclopedia of Human Thermodynamics, Human Chemistry, and Human Physics. Perrot's dictionary is one of the most spine-cracked and re-glued books in Thims' library.

Dictionary origin
Perrot’s 1994 French Dictionnaire de Thermodynamique (published in 1998, in English, as A to Z of Thermodynamics), found its origin during a visit to the library at the University of Lille. During one visit to the university library, Perrot, having thoughts of writing a thermodynamics textbook, counted that there were 57 thermodynamics books for students, which very approximately recopied one another, giving nearly the same presentation. In this situation, Perrot thought that it did not seem useful to make the 58th, and instead wrote the world’s first thermodynamics dictionary. [3]
A to Z of Thermodynamics (1998)
Perrot's 1898 A to Z of Thermodynamics, the English version of his 1994 Dictionnaire de Thermodynamique, containing some thermodynamics 587-terms. [1]

The following are notable quotes by Perrot:

“Isn’t thermodynamics a fine intellectual structure, bequeathed by past decades, whose every subtlety only experts in the art of handling Hamiltonians would be able to appreciate.”

1. (a) Perrot, Pierre. (1998). A to Z of Thermodynamics. Oxford University Press.
(b) Perrot, Pierre. (1994). Dictionnaire de Thermodynamique. Publisher.
2. Perrot, Pierre. (1998). Thermodynamique chimique: Problèmes corrigés et commentés avec rappels de cours (French) (English). Dunod.
3. Email discussions between Libb Thims and Pierre Perrot on 05 January 2009.

Further reading
● Perrot, Pierre. (2007). “Some Problems in the Teaching of Thermodynamics”, Joint European Thermodynamic Conference IX, Ecole nationale superieure des mines de Saint-Etienne, France.

External links
Perrot, Pierre – WorldCat Identities.

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