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> The Physics of Energy

The Physics of Energy


Robert L. Jaffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


The Physics of Energy provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the scientific principles governing energy sources, uses, and systems. This definitive textbook traces the flow of energy from sources such as solar power, nuclear power, wind power, water power, and fossil fuels through its transformation in devices such as heat engines and electrical generators, to its uses including transportation, heating, cooling, and other applications. The flow of energy through the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, and systems issues including storage,…

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  • Presents the scientific principles governing energy sources, uses, and systems in a clear and logical way so the reader is able to understand the basic principles through concrete connections to energy systems and to apply them in a variety of contexts
  • Key concept boxes appear throughout the book allowing the reader to immediately identify the main ideas discussed in each chapter
  • Includes end-chapter problems, providing readers with an integrated learning experience by solving problems as they move through the book


  • Winner, 2019 PROSE Award for Textbook/Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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