by Howard DeVoe, Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland


The first edition was published by Prentice Hall in 2001. It was reviewed by Eric A. Gislason (University of Illinois at Chicago) in the Journal of Chemical Education, 78, 1186 (2001).

Here are excerpts from the review:

There are a number of things I like about this book. First, DeVoe takes great care in defining important thermodynamic words such as the thermodynamic state of a system. Similarly, he makes the distinction between process and path understandable, and this allows him to clearly define a reversible process as well as spontaneous and impossible processes. Section 4.1 then contains the sentence "An irreversible process is a spontaneous process whose reverse is an impossible process." This is obviously true, but I never would have thought of it without the author's help!

. . . The author is also very good at giving clear qualitative explanations of thermodynamic concepts. For example, I found his presentation of the second law using Carnot engines (Section 4.2) remarkably understandable. Most thermodynamics books do not present this material as clearly.

. . . Thermodynamics and Chemistry is well written and should be very useful to anyone interested in a rigorous development of thermodynamics. . . . Overall, this is an excellent textbook and belongs on the shelf of anyone who has a serious interest in chemical thermodynamics.