A Matter of Degrees

What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and U niverse

Gino Segre

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"A Matter of Degrees" by Gino Segre is a captivating and illuminating exploration of the history and significance of temperature in physics and its impact on our understanding of the universe.

Segre takes readers on a journey through time, highlighting key scientific advancements in the understanding of temperature and its measurement. From the discovery of absolute zero by Lord Kelvin to the revolutionary achievements of scientists like Marie Curie and Albert Einstein, Segre vividly presents the individuals who shaped our understanding of heat and cold.

Delving into the fascinating world of thermodynamics, Segre explains complex concepts such as entropy and heat engines with clarity and simplicity, making them accessible to readers of all levels of scientific background. Through anecdotes and practical examples, he demonstrates how these principles are essential in a wide range of applications, from technology and engineering to climate science and cosmology.

The narrative seamlessly weaves together scientific history, personal stories, and the philosophical implications of temperature. Segre ponders on the profound role of temperature in shaping our universe, from the formation of galaxies to the emergence of life on Earth. He explores the connections between temperature and fundamental physical laws, shedding light on the profound interplay between the microscopic and macroscopic worlds.

In "A Matter of Degrees," Segre skillfully combines his extensive knowledge of physics with a compelling storytelling approach, making complex scientific ideas accessible and engaging. Whether you are a science enthusiast or simply curious about the fundamental forces that govern our world, this book offers a thought-provoking exploration of the role of temperature in shaping our understanding of the universe.

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