An Extended Interpretation of the Concept of Entropy Opening a Link between Thermodynamics and Relativity

Author(s)
Jean-Louis Tane

Affiliation(s)

Formerly with the Department of Geology, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.

Formerly with the Department of Geology, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France.

ABSTRACT

It is well known that thermodynamics raises conceptual difficulties. Far to be limited to students having to learn the subject, this impression is sometimes mentioned by specialists themselves who confess not being totally sure of the consistency of the thermodynamic theory, despite the fact that its practical usefulness is indisputable. The present paper deals with this interesting question and leads to the idea that there is an imperfect convergence between the way of using the thermodynamic tool and the way of understanding its significance. Illustrated by a very simple example, the discussion can be followed by every scientist having the fundamental basis in thermodynamics. The suggested hypothesis is that the Einstein mass-energy relation is closely associated to the concept of entropy, opening a link between thermodynamics and relativity.

KEYWORDS

Thermodynamics, Reversibility, Irreversibility, Energy, Entropy, Einstein’s Mass-Energy Relation, Relativity, Gravitation

Thermodynamics, Reversibility, Irreversibility, Energy, Entropy, Einstein’s Mass-Energy Relation, Relativity, Gravitation

Cite this paper

Tane, J. (2014) An Extended Interpretation of the Concept of Entropy Opening a Link between Thermodynamics and Relativity.*Natural Science*, **6**, 503-513. doi: 10.4236/ns.2014.67049.

Tane, J. (2014) An Extended Interpretation of the Concept of Entropy Opening a Link between Thermodynamics and Relativity.

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http://www.journaloftheoretics.com/Articles/aArchive.htm

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http://www.journaloftheoretics.com/Articles/aArchive.htm

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http://arxiv.org/abs/0910.0781 and The General Science Journal http://gsjournal.net/

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http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.0177

[18] Lucia, U. (2013) Stationary Open Systems: A Brief Review on Contemporary Theories on Irreversibility. Physica A, 392, 1051-1062.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2012.11.027