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I've recently started a new job where my very, very limited thermodynamics background (intro + intermediate, 10+ yrs ago in undergrad) is starting to be an issue. I am looking for recommendations for thermo textbooks or other relatively-intro-level resources that are, most of all, accessible - somewhat conversational; not all derivations, but rigorous enough to be used as a reference; tying the content back to real physical problems, etc. The best example I can give of a texbook that meets these criteria is Peter Corke's Robotics, Vision and Control - a very different field, but a book that I have literally had on my nightstand and read before bed. Any suggestions for textbooks/reference books like this?

Thanks so much!

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  • $\begingroup$ this is a question and answer site ... if someone suggests a very good book and someone else suggests another equally good book, then how will you choose which one is the correct one? $\endgroup$
    – jsotola
    Feb 24 at 3:30
  • $\begingroup$ eh... while it is ofc against the SE rules to recommend references, I think it's mostly to avoid starting bitter arguments. Imagine the CS people arguing about whether Donald Knuth was worth reading. Not enough traffic in this backwater for such a thing, I don't think.... Plus I'm curious about this one myself. $\endgroup$
    – Pete W
    Feb 24 at 4:01
  • $\begingroup$ I recently downloaded Jeremy Tatum's free book on Thermo from LibreTexts. phys.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/… ... Too soon to recommend. Though he does throw in a few dad-jokes. I will say, the subject is inherently full of math, and his treatment of it doesn't spare the reader. I do think it was better than the text I had in engineering school. $\endgroup$
    – Pete W
    Feb 24 at 4:29
  • $\begingroup$ who would call 2 thermo classes very very limited background? You take Thermo I & II as an ME. $\endgroup$
    – Tiger Guy
    Feb 24 at 5:52
  • $\begingroup$ Mechanics of Fluids by Massey - available new, or secondhand bookshops or for the really cheap option as a pdf tht you can download / access : archive.org/details/mechanicsoffluid0000mass_h7n0 $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Feb 24 at 8:59

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