Rational thermodynamics

In thermodynamics, rational thermodynamics is a phenomenological thermodynamics that takes as a model the rational mechanics of eighteenth and nineteenth century mathematicians, especially Joseph Lagrange and Augustin Cauchy, and the thermodynamics of French physicist Pierre Duhem. [1] The subject is largely a product of the work of American mathematician Clifford Truesdell and his students Walter Noll and Bernard Coleman in the 1960s.

1. Maugin, Gerard A. (1999). The Thermomechanics of Nonlinear Irreversible Behaviors (rational thermodynamics, pgs. 9-10, 63, etc). World Scientific.

Further reading
● Truesdell, Clifford A. (1969). Rational Thermodynamics: A Course of Lectures on Selected Topics. Springer-Verlag, 1984 2nd ed.
● Bunge, Mario. (1986). “Book review: Rational Thermodynamics by C. Truesdell”, Philosophy of Science, 53:305-06.
● Coleman, Bernard D. (2003). “Memories of Clifford Truesdell.” Volume of Journal of Elasticity, Feb.

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