Published Online: 27 JAN 2005
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Beyond Equilibrium Thermodynamics
How to Cite
Öttinger, H. C. (2005) Introduction, in Beyond Equilibrium Thermodynamics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471727903.ch1
- Published Online: 27 JAN 2005
- Published Print: 2 MAR 2005
Print ISBN: 9780471666585
Online ISBN: 9780471727903
- nonequilibrium thermodynamics;
- beyond-equilibrium thermodynamics;
- reversible and irreversible dynamics;
- Hamiltonian dynamics;
The emphasis of the introduction is on a complete summary of the unified GENERIC framework of nonlinear nonequilibrium, or beyond-equilibrium, thermodynamics. While the fundamental equations are strikingly simple and natural, in another sense, they are also quite challenging: One needs to get used to the compact and abstract notation in the context of various examples, and one needs to develop a feeling for the generality and implications of the proposed framework. Before the unified framework is described, the field of beyond-equilibrium thermodynamics is positioned in several ways so that one knows what one can and what one cannot expect from a thermodynamic framework.