Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot

300px-Sadi_CarnotNicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (French; 1 June 1796 – 24 August 1832) Military engineer and physicist, often described as the “father of thermodynamics”. In his only publication, the 1824 monograph Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, Carnot gave the first successful theory of the maximum efficiency of heat engines. Carnot’s work attracted little attention during his lifetime, but it was later used by Rudolf Clausius and Lord Kelvin to formalize the second law of thermodynamics and define the concept of entropy. Read more…

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