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  • The first and second laws of thermodynamics are the ones that are best known.
  • Second law of thermodynamics.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He couldn’t stop smiling, not even when he was describing the thermodynamics of the fuel for the Saturn rocket that would carry the command capsule and the LEM.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • In technical sciences, Dr. Hauptmann introduces the laws of thermodynamics.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • If he had restricted me to books on mathematics, thermodynamics, mechanics, things probably would have been different, for I didn’t carry the germ of a Clerk Maxwell or Max Planck in me.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • All my brilliant plans foiled by thermodynamics.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • Which, following simple Newtonian physics and a touch of thermodynamics, turned into a gaseous cloud of burning bronze.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The pirates, unschooled in thermodynamics, do not grasp the implications of the eternal plume of steam coming from beneath the life raft.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "It’s part of the first law of thermodynamics.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • So you would be violating the Second Law of Thermodynamics, getting something for nothing, causing perpetual motion.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49

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  • "It’s mental work," Koteks said, "but not work in the thermodynamic sense."
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • It connects the world of thermodynamics to the world of information flow.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • That’s not really a surprise, but it’s nice to see thermodynamics being well behaved.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • For John Nefastis (to take a recent example), two kinds of entropy, thermodynamic and informational, happened, say by coincidence, to look alike, when you wrote them down as equations.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • That would violate the second law of thermodynamics.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • The thermodynamics are fascinating.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • It was greatly in his favor that he didn’t in the least look like a crook, but only a young Mexican, narrow-shouldered, quick in his movements, but somewhat beaten down and harmless, that entered the shop, put on specs, and got lost with crossed feet in thermodynamics or physical chemistry.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • We watched as the flickering light of the fire beneath the Saturn rocket —and I could tell you about the thermodynamics of the fuel if you want to know — we watched as the rocket moved farther and farther up into the sky, heading to the moon.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Finally, he said, "There’s a lot of theory in here that presumes the reader already knows subjects we haven’t had, chief among them, I suspect, thermodynamics and calculus.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "It’s a perfectly reasonable application of physics and thermodynamics.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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