Author's Book

A New Thermodynamics

By Kent W. Mayhew

2018 book: "New thermodynamics: Say No to Entropy"



 This book presents a completely new thermodynamic perspective, one that no longer relies upon either entropy, or the second law. It must be stated that thermodynamics was formulated with two postulates in mind

1) Conservation of enrgy: First Law

2) Second law


This book clearly demonstrates the thermodynamics can be simplified by removing the second law as a postulate. It also realizes that elastic collisions are rare rather than the norm, hence thermodynamics is completely rewritten along with kinetic theory based upon inelastic collisions. It will be shown that not only can we better explain kinetic theory using inelastic collisions, our theory results in new equations that are a superior fit to empirical findings as shown in this authors papers dated April 2018 and July 2017 in the peer-reviewed Journal "Progress in Physics".  See papers   


Herein, we clearly demonstrate that although empirical data can disprove a given theory, it certainly does not necessarily prove any one theory, i.e. there is often more than one theory that can explain a given set of empirically known results.   


This is not just a tweaking of the science as is done by countless other texts. It is a radical overhaul providing new insights into latent heat, lost work, kinetic theory, heat capacity, Joule’s experiment, thermal radiation, Henry’s law and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. It is also an elaboration of many ideas presented on this website. And this list just scratches the surface. Accordingly, it will be up to you to decide whether you prefer the overly complex traditional conceptualizations, or a simple eloquent science. I.e. you will be asked to apply the principles of Occam’s razor.     


All in all, this book is very insightful; bringing a whole new perspective that can be understood by most who have a scientific and/or engineering background. Importantly, this book will shock you, making you question your indoctrination in a science that you previously wrongfully believed to be mature and unrelenting.


Changing our Perspective  Part 2: Tensile Surfaces and Nucleation  


   There is a Part 2 to this series of books, which was actually written before Part 1 was fully developed. Part 2  as the title implies deals with tensile surfaces and nucleation theory. Subjects covered include shapes of tensile forces, capillary rise & fall, bubbles, cavitation, droplets and decompression illness, amongst other things. Part 2 was actually written before Part 1, however in order for me to be right in Part 2 then I had to figure out what was wrong with traditional thermodynamics, that being Part 1. Accordingly, Part 1 is the first to come out in this series.    


   As is the case for Part 1, Part 2 will be equally revolutionary in its ideas. Once again this author does not simply rehash traditional concepts rather he turns the science on its head, starting with the simple consideration that cohesive forces along a tensile surface that rae directed into a liquid cannot simply be ignored as is traditionally done. From there nucleation theory is revisited, starting with globules followed by bubbles, cavitation and then droplets. The book then goes on to what started this author on this bizarre, exhausting, journey that being the formation of bubbles in the human anatomy, specifically decompression illness (DCI). 


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Sommerfield quote:"Thermodynamics is a funny subject. The first time you go through it, you don't understand it at all. The second time you go through it, you think you understand it, except for one or two small points. The third time you go through it, you know you don't understand it, but by that time you are so used to it, so it doesn't bother you any more."
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