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Reflections On the Motive Power of Fire
Unique book of the French physician Sadi Carnot
Title page of the 1824 French first edition.
Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire and on Machines Fitted to Develop that Power is a book published in 1824 by FrenchphysicistSadi Carnot. The 118-page book's French title was Réflexions sur la puissance motrice du feu et sur les machines propres à développer cette puissance. It is a significant publication in the history of thermodynamics about a generalized theory of heat engines.
The work was unnoticed until 1834 when French mining engineer Émile Clapeyron put it on a graphical footing in his Memoir on the Motive Power of Heat. Through Clapeyron's paper, German physicist Rudolf Clausius learned of Carnot's theory of heat and through a modification of Carnot's suppositions on heat, Clausius put the second law in mathematical form with his introduction of the concept of entropy.
By 1849, thermo-dynamic, as a functional term, was used in William Thomson's paper An Account of Carnot's Theory of the Motive Power of Heat.
Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire (1824), analysed on BibNum (click "À télécharger" for English analysis)
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