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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics$
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Robert H. Swendsen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.001.0001

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The Nernst Postulate: the Third Law of Thermodynamics

The Nernst Postulate: the Third Law of Thermodynamics

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(p.194) 18 The Nernst Postulate: the Third Law of Thermodynamics
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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
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Robert H. Swendsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.003.0018

The Nernst postulate (third law of thermodynamics) puts a lower bound on entropy, which is a consequence of the quantum laws of nature. This chapter discusses the thermodynamic consequences of the Nernst postulate.

Keywords:   Nernst postulate, thermodynamics, entropy, quantum laws

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