Best seller

In publications, best sellers are books that sell well, comparatively. Most newly published books (about 93%) sell fewer than 1,000 copies. The following table lists best sellers that contain, sections, digressions, or content on force, entropy, human energy, psychological entropy, human thermodynamics, thermodynamics, etc.:

Thermodynamics/HT contentYear

1.The Celestine ProphecyBuilt, in part on Berne's 1964 The Games People Play; discusses how all relationships function as means to get energy, via transformations, power, etc. (indirectly HT related).1993James Redfield23 million (2008) [2]
2.The Exorcist The inspiration behind the character of Father Merrin was French science-philosopher and religious thermodynamicist Pierre Teilhard; and parts of the plot were themed on Teilhard’s theory of evil (or the existence of Satan) in the world possibly being Lucifer [or matter-energy spirit] working out his [or its] salvation through the process of physical evolution ending in Teilhard’s omega point. 1971

1973 film
William Blatty11 million (2007) [10]

9th-highest grossing film ever (adjusted) [11]
3.A Brief History of Time
Argues that study or reading lowers the entropy (human entropy) of the central nervous system; also that the time's arrow, the psychological arrow, and the thermodynamic arrow all point in the same direction.1988 Stephen Hawking10 million (2007) [3]
4.The Road Less Traveled
Speculates on entropy, evil, evolution, and spiritual growth.1978Morgan Peck7 million (2002) [4]
5.The Games People PlayBuilds on Freud's psychodynamic id-ego model to explain human interactions as role play in a game.1964Eric Berne5 million (2004) [5]
6.The Crying of Lot 49Maxwell's demon, heat engines, entropy, etc.
Thomas Pynchon3 million (2005) [9]
7.VEntropy/second law material.
Thomas Pynchon3 million (2005) [9]
8.Wealth and PovertyUses Shannon information theory to argue that knowledge is anti-entropic and that the accumulation of information in mental growth acts to circumvent the second law. 1981George Gilder1 million (1991) [6]
9.Introduction to Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsStandard chemical thermodynamics material.1949Hendrick van Ness
(and others)
500,000 (2001) [7]
10.Gravity's RainbowEntropy/second law material.
Thomas Pynchon300,000 (2005) [9]
11.Spook: Science Tackles the AfterlifeDevotes ten-pages to Gerald Nahum's thermodynamics consciousness weighing experiment.2005Mary Roach100,000 (2006) [12]
12.The Trouble With CanadaArgues that the principle of entropy, as in social entropy, and the entropic force applies to creation and cooling of societies, similar to the formation and eventual heat death of galaxies1994William Gairdner50,000 [8]

In the top books, only Hawking, Peck, and Gilder directly discuss energy or entropy in the context of thermodynamics; the others discuss energy and force in the context of human existence, human interaction, or function in a more indirect, everyday, or non-technical style of communication.

See also
Famous publications
Most-cited thermodynamics publications
Literature thermodynamics

1. (a) AFP on The Alchemist: "Film mogul Harvey Weinstein on Sunday announced the screen adaptation of the novel, written 20 years ago and translated into 56 languages, with more than 65 million copies sold." (19 May 2008)
(b) The Alchemist (book) - Wikipedia.
2. (a) The Celestine Prophecy - Wikipedia.
(b) The Age on The Celestine Prophecy: "it has sold in the vicinity of 23 million copies since its publication in 1993" (22 March 2008)
3. (a) A Brief History of Time - Wikipedia.
(b) The Telegraph on Stephen Hawking: "Prof Hawking is the author of A Brief History of Time — which has sold 10 million copies — and is currently writing two books." (27 April 2007)
4. Back cover of 2003 Touchstone 25th Anniversary edition of The Road Less Traveled.
5. Back cover to 2004 edition of The Games People Play, Ballantine Books.
6. Faludi, Susan. (1991), Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Crown, pp.p. 289.
7. Van Ness, Hendrick C. (2001). “Evolution of a Textbook: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics”, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
8. Gairdner, William D. (1994). The Trouble with Canada: a Citizen Speaks Out (Section: The Concept of Social Entropy, pgs. 207-8; terms: “entropy”, 211-13, 216, 218, 233, 240, 273, 281, 344; “entropic force”, pgs. 211, etc.). Revised edition, 2007, BPS Books.
9. (a) Quote: “V. and The Crying of Lot 49 had each sold more than three million copies in their Bantam mass-market editions.”
(b) Quote: “Gravity's Rainbow went on to spend four weeks on the Times fiction list, selling some 45,000 copies in paper and cloth combined. Its Bantam mass-market edition, published one year later, sold about 250,000 copies over the course of ten years.”
(c) Howard, Gerald. (2005). “Pynchon from A to V: Gerald Howard on Gravity’s Rainbow”, Book Forum, Summer.
10. (a) Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (2007). “From Hardcover to Paper, How a Blockbuster Was Born: a Calculated Approach for ‘Eat, Pary, Love’; Memoir Strikes a Nerve”, The Wall Street Journal Quote on The Exorcist: "Back in the 1970s, those smaller, rack-sized paperbacks were the blockbusters of the business, led by such best sellers as William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist" (11 million copies sold); Peter Benchley's "Jaws" (more than nine million copies), and Sidney Sheldon's "The Other Side of Midnight" (six million copies plus)." (14 September).
(b) Bill Blatty on “The Exorcist” – information on the novel, in the author’s own words (Teilhard mentioned twice).
11. (a) All Time Box Office (adjusted) –
(b) All Time US 100 Box Office Films (adjusted) –
12. (a) Roach, Mary. (2005). Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (Gerry Nahum, pgs. 97-106, 290, 297). W.W. Norton & Co.
(b) Google books excerpt: "2006 reprint + 100,000 first printing".

External links
List of best-selling books – Wikipedia.
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