Why so many "Schools" of Thermodynamics?

W Muschik

Abstract


A classification representing some main branches of phenomenological non-equilibrium thermodynamics is discussed. Differences and similarities of these selected branches are explained. Starting out with basic concepts of phenomenological thermodynamics, more developed theories with different back-grounds contributing to contemporary thermodynamics are considered. Because of its vast extent, this field cannot be presented completely in a single reasonably sized paper without any omissions.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1478/C1S0801002

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