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Below are some additional comments on A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics, culled from students and faculty alike.  There are many more in a similar vein. Already own the book? Please feel free to send feedback of your own.

  • “I was very impressed by your strengths as a writer. You have the rare ability to engage the reader immediately, which yields a final product that is a pleasure to study and highly effective in teaching concepts.”
  • “The book was exceptional as it wasn't long but contained necessary information that was very helpful.”
  • “Overall the book was useful and helped me to learn...for the exam.”
  • “Much easier to understand than the regular textbook. Had many tricks to solving problems and real-life applications rather than facts only, which made it a better and more useful read.”
  • “I really like the book. It helps me understand a lot of concepts that are hard to understand in [name of text redacted]. I also like the fact that his explanation is short and clear, straight to the point.”
  • “I found the book to be quite excellent...finally explained concepts I have struggled with since my undergraduate days.”
  • “Very good book. Easy read.”
  • “The book was a great supplement...because it broke down each topic into easy-to-understand concepts. The examples...are also extremely helpful. I honestly couldn’t find anything that I disliked!”
  • “Poirier presents a concise and refreshingly transparent definition of entropy...perfectly suited for undergraduate students...I will be adopting this next year
  • “...tremendously interesting take on entropy...fully interdisciplinary, drawing from information theory very nicely...Just great.”
  • “...natural gift for analysing and expressing the essence of mathematical and scientific concepts.”
  • “I would have loved to have had this...It would also be helpful for instructors...writing their thermo lectures (and stat mech) for the first time.”
  • “This book concept is unique in the field of thermodynamics.”
  • “...appendices...add a certain dimension of ‘fun’”
  • “The Comprehensive Compendium alone is worth the price of the entire book!”
  • Great writing. Great professor.”
  • I absolutely love this book. It has greatly increased my understanding of physical chemistry! I like the style of writing and how the chapters are organized. I really couldn't find any negative thing to say.”

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