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The book is especially useful for reference, as it explains the derivations and many forms of complex equations such as the continuity equation. Furthermore, there are lots of examples of real-world design situations and historical backgrounds.
Overall, one of the best books I have used in my undergraduate aerospace engineering curriculum.
Congratulations for this nice book!
Reading the book and working through the problems gives a firm grounding in the use of the Geometric Algebra and teaches classical mechanics besides. I could easily recommend this book as a physics textbook on its merits in that area alone.
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It is at the level of advanced text suitable for researchers.
It goes beyond the classical irreversible theory
of Onzager and others, by introducing closed equations
for higher order fluxes. The equations are more complicated
than the ones assuming local equilibrium but the complexity
is necessary in order to capture the essential physics.
It has an introduction to local equilibrium assumptions, as well as, to the rational extented thermodynamics methods.
There are easy going chapters on kinetic theory foundations
(even relativistic one).
The more general framework of generalized hydrodynamics
has its own chapter.
There are special chapters on applications of the abstract
theory as for example polymer fluids
The book is clear and will help even students (although at a graduate level). The mathematical depth is accesible throughout the text.
Overall the book makes a very nice study. I would recommend it to the curriculum of every Physics Dept. I hope that many dept administrators will realize that with today's policies of leaving
outside the physics education large chunks of classical physics,
but including applications to biology and astronomy (which should be done in the respective depts) the concept of PHYSICS as a BASIC science has WEAKEND considerably. It is time for a policy
reversal. Books like this can show the way and congratulations
to SPRINGER for publishing them.