Energy and Entropy – Alekseev

This title has been quite in demand, and rightly so! This is one of the most wonderful books that I have come across. So here it is!!

Energy and Entropy by G. A. Alekseev

Back cover of the book says:

With the discovery, between 1845 and 1847, of the principle of conservation of energy, the importance of energy for human life and progress was recognized, and scientists gave energy the romantic name of `The Queen of the World’. Some twenty years later scientists¬† discovered entropy, a measure of the dissipation of energy. This book outlines the history of the formulation of these two notions. Ideas and concepts that were crystallizing in the human mind for thousands of years as the result of observation, practical experience, and developments in technology are described, together with philosophers, scientists, engineers, and inventors who contributed to their formulation.

The book was translated from the Russian by U. M. Taube and was first published by Mir in 1986. I do not know of if it was translated in any Indian languages.

You can get the book here.

PDF | OCR | 600 dpi | Bookmarked | Paginated | 208 pages | 17 MB

Update: Added Internet Archive Link | 07 December 2015

For magnet links/torrents go here.




The Man of Reason Showed in the Mirror of the Universe 15
From the Forces of Gods to the Forces of Souls in Every Object 20
Energy and 2000 Years of Walking About 28
“Give Me a Place to Stand and I Will Move the World!” 36
The Birth of the ‘Motive Power of Fire’ 41
In the Gloom of Religious and Political Cataclysms 44
Renaissance. Gravitational, Magnetic, and Electric Forces 50
Celestial and Terrestrial Forces 60
“Let Us Laugh, My Kepler, at the Stupidity of Men!” 64


Falsely Directed Efforts Multiply Errors 72
“No Forces Are Lost for Any Type of Motion of Bodies” 82
Animate and Inanimate, Active and Passive Forces 87
Innate and Impressed Forces 90
The Advent of the ‘Motive Power of Fire’ 98
Forces of ‘Imponderable’ Matter 106
Destruam et aedificabo 119
The Principle of Conservation and Conversion of ‘Forces’ (Energy) 125


How Many Faces Does Her Majesty Have? 136
The Distribution of Roles 145
The Interconversion of Faces 148
A ‘Shagreen Leather’ for Humanity 150
From a Splinter to a reactor and Further 154
Concentration, Transformation Accumulation 161
“Equations of the Motion of Energy in Bodies” 163


Shadows Start Growing at Noon 167
Entropy, Probability, and the Universe 174
Is the Demon an Outlaw? 180
How Much Entropy Is Contained in a Scientific Paper? 183
Love, Cybernetics, and Entropy 185
Give Me a Plate of Negentropy! 187
The Queen of the World and Her Shadow in Time and Space 190
Entropy and … the Construction Industry 193


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7 Responses to Energy and Entropy – Alekseev

  1. S.Sanjay says:

    Dear Damitr,
    on Maxwell’s demon, a nice discussion (especially in relation to ‘information’) is found in Rastrigin’s ‘This Chancy, Chancy, Chancy World’. thanks for the post, as always.

  2. somen says:

    thanks damitri,can u tell us about forthcoming title.

    • damitr says:

      Some immediate ones are:

      Metals and Man M. VASILYEV
      Matter and Man M. VASILYEV and K. STANYUKOVICH
      Tales of Three Oceans Kondratov
      Radar Made Easy Razmakhnin
      Probabilities in Quantum World Daniel Danin

      After this I will try to finish Little Mathematical Library.


  3. S.Sanjay says:

    Dear Damitr,
    check out the narrative on maxwell’s demon in Rastrygin’s ‘this chancy, chancy, chancy world. (it appears that earlier comment did not carry)

  4. Ahmed says:

    Thanks god I was about buy this book from (I am really thankful for telling us about this fascinating books store).
    I’d really appreciate upload these books:
    1-A visit to transurania.
    by: Knorre E.
    2-Accelerators of the future.
    by:Sarantsev V.P.

  5. zwicky says:

    I just have no wors to say thank you.

  6. The Mitr says:

    Update: Added Internet Archive Link | 07 December 2015

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