Reaching absolute zero - further reading

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There are a huge number of books on thermodynamics, so this page will just deal with those that give a reasonable treatment of low temperature physics and the third law of thermodynamics, and so of the impossibility of reaching absolute zero. I'll make one exception to this rule:
The second law Peter W AtkinsScientific American BooksISBN: 071675004X
cover As the title suggests, this book looks at the 2nd rather than the 3rd law, but is useful as an introduction to the subject of thermodynamics, and contains plenty of diagrams
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Books for the general reader

The refrigerator and the universe
Martin Goldstein
Harvard University Press, 1993ISBN: 0674753240
cover Those of you who want a substantial introduction to thermodynamics, but without going into the technicalities, should take a look at this book. Some might find it slow going, but it isn't difficult to read so most readers will find the insight gained to be very worthwhile. The book devotes a chapter to the 3rd law
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Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold
Tom Shachtman
Mariner Books, 2000ISBN: 0618082395
cover I haven't read this book, but it looks to be an interesting investigation into the understanding of cold - is it just the absence of heat? - and into the attempts to achieve ever lower temperatures. It seems more directed towards the people involved in this quest, rather than the science involved.
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V L Ginzburg and E A Andryushin
World Scientific, 2004ISBN: 981238913X
cover If you're more interested in the physics and applications of cryogenic temperatures should take a look at this book. The authors explain the subject in easy to follow way (although sometimes a sentence seems a bit stilted), but without oversimplifying things too much
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History of low temperature physics

The quest for absolute zero Kurt MendelssohnTaylor and Francis, 1977ISBN: 0850661196
Mendelssohn studied with Nernst for many years. This book gives an account of the attempts to achieve ever lower temperatures, with plenty of helpful diagrams.
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The world of Walther Nernst Kurt MendelssohnMacmillan, 1973ISBN: 0333148959
If you're interested in Nernst, who formulated the third law of thermodynamics early in the 20th century, then this is the book for you. It also gives an insight into the society in which Nernst (and Mendelssohn to some extent) lived.
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There are a huge number of textbooks on thermodynamics, so again I'll just mention those which devote a reasonable amount of space to the 3rd Law. The textbooks below are aimed at an undergraduate level of study. All textbooks on this subject will involve a fair amount of mathematics. The following four books a fairly short, and so would suit those who don't want a huge textbook on the subject
Entropy and its physical meaning J.S. DugdaleTaylor and Francis, 1996ISBN: 0748405690
cover The first half of book has plenty of discussion of the concepts involved, which makes the maths less of a problem (the later parts seemed more mathematical to me). The book has exercises at the end of each chapter, with solutions at the end, and would be a good choice for independent study of thermodynamics.
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An introduction to statistical thermodynamics
Robert Gasser and W G Richards
World Scientific, 1995ISBN: 9810223722
The authors manage to pack a significant amount of useful material into this small book, such as calculation of heat capacities and the behaviour of materials at low temperatures as well as chemical properties such as rates of reaction and spectroscopy.
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Equilibrium thermodynamics C.J. AdkinsCambridge University Press, 1968ISBN: 0521274567
cover This book presents thermodynamics from the macroscopic point of view. I can't say that I agree that this is the best way to introduce the subject, but it does mean that there is a large amount of material in a small book.
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The third law of thermodynamics J WilksOxford University Press, 1961ISBN: 0198514107
This book written almost fifty years ago, and a lot has happened in low temperature science since that time, but I feel that it is of more than just historical interest, especially if your aim is to find out about to the 3rd law.
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Thermal physics Ralph BaierleinCambridge University Press, 1999ISBN: 0521590825
Packs a significant part of the subject into just 400 pages and what is more does so in a reasonably reader-friendly way, with plenty of illustrations and examples of how thermodynamics links in with everyday life. Includes a chapter on the descent to absolute zero.
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Thermodynamics and an introduction to thermostatistics
Herbert B Callen
Wiley, 1985ISBN: 0471862568
cover Gives a solid grounding in thermodynamics, but always keeps in mind the deeper, more philosophical questions of the subject. In the chapter on the third law Callen discusses the validity of the deduction of the unattainability of absolute zero.
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Academic Papers

In Nonequivalence of the Nernst-Simon and unattainability statements of the third law of thermodynamics John C Wheeler looks at the attainability of absolute zero for a theoretical system which obeys the other laws of thermodynamics (Abstract)