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This entertaining, eye-opening account of how the laws of thermodynamics are essential to understanding the world today - from refrigeration and jet engines to calorie counting and global warming - is “a lesson in how to do popular science right” (Kirkus Reviews).

Einstein’s Fridge tells the incredible epic story of the scientists who, over two centuries, harnessed the power of heat and ice and formulated a theory essential to comprehending our universe. “Although thermodynamics has been studied for hundreds of years…few nonscientists appreciate how its principles have shaped the modern world” (Scientific American). Thermodynamics - the branch of physics that deals with energy and entropy - governs everything from the behavior of living cells to the black hole at the center of our galaxy. Not only that, but thermodynamics explains why we must eat and breathe, how lights turn on, the limits of computing, and how the universe will end.

The brilliant people who decoded its laws came from every branch of the sciences; they were engineers, physicists, chemists, biologists, cosmologists, and mathematicians. From French military engineer and physicist Sadi Carnot to Lord Kelvin, James Joule, Albert Einstein, Emmy Noether, Alan Turing, and Stephen Hawking, author Paul Sen introduces us to all of the players who passed the baton of scientific progress through time and across nations. Incredibly driven and idealistic, these brave pioneers performed groundbreaking work often in the face of torment and tragedy. Their discoveries helped create the modern world and transformed every branch of science, from biology to cosmology.

“Elegantly written and engaging” (Financial Times), Einstein’s Fridge brings to life one of the most important scientific revolutions of all time and captures the thrill of discovery and the power of scientific progress to shape the course of history.

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Amazing book!

This book has no PDF attached, yet the writer and the narrator manage to explain complex consepts in simple and easy to imagine examples. The intuition behind thermodynamic laws is revealed as they were researched and discovered, so they are easy to grasp.

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Amazing Science & History

I have listened to this audio book 3 times and it just gets better each time. Time travel from the 16th century to the end of time through the lens of thermodynamics and Einstein's fridge. The science is impeccable, the history accurate and the narration an absolute home run. Paul Sen is a master storyteller, and Malk Williams completes his story with the ability to speak multiple languages for the epic tales of all the famous participants. The smorgasbord of elite scientists, polymaths, geologists, inventors, educators & Nobel laurates make this enjoyable learning experience. In my opinion, 5 stars for all three categories.
Join Malk Williams and Paul Sen on an unforgettable trip across time, space and yes to the end of each.

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Wonderful dive into thermodynamics

I am currently taking thermodynamics for an aerospace engineering degree. It was neat reading this book alongside learning the mathematics behind it. The author has it right, if thermo was taught to be more than pistons and cylinders I think more students would care but the class only really goes into application of the first and second law of thermo of closed and open systems and dives into nothing of the possibilities that thermodynamics can and has explained about our universe. I think the book did a great job of explaining the history and contributions of the scientists and theorists who developed thermodynamics along the way. It is sometimes hard to understand the message since I think there must have been pictures in the actual printing of the book but I did my best to imagine what the author was describing with the steam engine and binary code. Overall, it was a great read and I feel much more excited to finish my thermo course knowing the applications of my class as this book has presented them.

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What is the real purpose of this book?

After listening to about half the book, the only take away is info on brothers, schools, dogs, fathers, mothers, but not much about any science. Just strings of bios with a smattering of the main topic where details are too thin and far apart to present a coherent idea. Really was a boring read for me.

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VALIDATES MY PREVIOUS RESEARCH MATERIAL

Good presentation! It’s always good to gain a broader perspective in order to maximize critical thinking. Added better insight into some of the theory presented in other works of Theoretical Physicists! Which it elaborated subject content more, but great for the size of the work! Narration was fine. Recommend to anyone trying to learn about the beautiful, but not always obvious phenomena of the world around us! Two thumbs!