About the Author


A New Thermodynamics

By Kent W. Mayhew

 I am what you would call a dissident physicist namely because as I got older I realized that the science that I was taught stopped making sense. There will always be those who will claim that since I am not part of their mainstream science then I have no right to do as I do. Perhaps there is some validity to this.  But for anyone to self proclaim that only they, the fully institutionalized can think logically, is perverse at best. Moreover, part of the reason that I was able to rewrite thermodynamics into what I believe to be a cosntructive logic based science, lay in the fact that I do not have the educational blinders that too many of those institutionalized possess. And I certainly have noone telling me to toe the line as they see fit.  


   The costs of publication of my dozen plus papers, all of which were put through the excruciating peer review process, has come out of my rather shallow pockets. And yes they have certainly applied an unforseen financial burden onto my life. Ditto for the costs of doing resaerch, ie reading papers charges.


   So yes I certainly have felt the pain without any gratitude bestowed upon me. Call it my contribution: Paying it forward to the world. I will only say this so that those who hide behind their university office doors; understand that real science often come from those with the least to gain, in this propaganda driven world. 


   So even though this started as an expensive hobby; I was the first person to actually determine the energy required to form a bubble in my first peer reviewed paper entitled:  “Energetics of Nucleation”. Although, it is certainly something to be proud of, it is certainly nothing to be overly boastful about.  All I did was employ simple logic A.K.A. common sense, something too often lost by the in control indoctrinated. One must understand that all that shuffling of partial differentials, and diverse probability functions employed in the name of thermodynamics, has more often than not resulted in non-sensible conceptualizations, as was displayed in traditional poorly conceived nucleation theory.


   Call me naďve, but after the indignity of dealing with the peer review process, I actually thought that showing the world that nucleation theory can be partially resolved by an independent mind would make a difference.  Well it has been over a decade of nothing.No matter if there was something beneficial, it was my solid understanding that there was something wrong with traditional thermodynamics.  But by 2004 the question was what?


 My 2006 paper “Work in mechanical systems” was not a great paper but it did discuss that we must equally consider work in terms of VdP as PdV.  You see traditionally work is illogically only considered in terms of isobaric volume change (PdV),  mainly because of our traditional assertions concerning entropy i.e. entropy signifying randomness and our insistance of explaining both energy change and work by: TdS=dE+PdV, yet not clearly undertsnding the significance that energy change (dE) was inside the expanding system while PdV was work onto the surrounding atmosphere i.e. lost work. Also see Work vs Energy.


 I pondered, poked and prodded as I rewrote the essence of my book on thermodynamics for the 10th time.  No matter how I wrote it. I ended up with illogical circular arguments. Then in 2009 I realized that the whole problem was entropy based. In hindsight, I should have realized that basing a science’s foundation, upon a parameter without clarity was a recipe for disaster but I still was having trouble in letting go of my indoctrination i.e. educational blinders.


 I was so terrified to confront entropy that I allowed my 2011 paper “Improving our thermodynamic perspective” to be published without any direct attack upon entropy. Even so two vital points came out in of this paper:


1)  Work is done through a system’s walls rather than traditional travesty of into a system’s walls! Irrelevant of what constitutes these walls!!


2)  Work cannot be done onto a vacuum! This actually confronts the conceptualization that entropy is related to randomness!


 During this time I was rewriting thermodynamics and I experienced the joy of the science becoming  clear, simple all based upon constructive logical for the first time.  Yes that was right my 11th rewriting when thermodynamics actually was beginning to make sense. All because I had finally thrown out entropy.


  In doing so I realized how misguided other elements of the sciences had become. In my 2013 paper “Latent heat and critical temperature” I discussed some of the issues with how probability functions are taught and how poorly conceived the accepted probability for latent heat was.


 One must realize that such probabilities are exponential functions that are normalized. And that the normalize process can make most any exponential based probability fit a set of empirical data reasonably well. Even if the completely wrong exponential function is employed! Although some may claim this to be the power of exponential functions i.e. Boltzmann’s factor, it is equally the function’s Achilles’ heel.


 After having rewritten the science a couple of times, I was confident that I could take on both entropy and the second law, as I had arrived at the following realizations:


1) The persistent use of entropy as the foundation of thermodynamics is a complete catastrophe i.e. the dangers of using a paprmeter that lacked clarity as part of one's scientific foundation. Entropy was nothing more than a mathematical contrivance that was employed by too many scientists for too many wrong reasons, hence is lost to reality.  E.g. if you asked 100 experts in 100 different realms of science the true meaning of entropy, you are liable to get 99 different answers.


2) The second law is limited to closed systems wherein no energy is exchanged with its surroundings.  That is right the second law in its fundamental conscript is limited to absolutely useless systems. Useful expanding systems, such as those traditionally defined by TdS=dE+PdV are not isolated because PdV work/energy given external to that system!


What is important to realize is that all that has been explained in terms of entropy and it accomplice the second law, can be explained in simpler logical terms allowing for the creation of a constructive science. Explaining irreversibility no longer requires eith entropy nor the second law.


   So like Einstein’s relativity changed our perception of space-time, this author is attempting to alter our thermodynamics perspective. My 2015 papers titled “Second Law and Lost Work” and “Entropy: An ill-conceived mathematical contrivance” use simple logic to demonstrate that both entropy and the second law have weak logical foundations. Certainly there is no way one can simply expunge such demigods, without providing a basis for renewal. 


   Concerning the paper "Second law and lost work" a reviewer actually had the nerve to write: "Although I believe that the author is right I cannot allow 150 years of indoctrination to bre taken down by such a simple argument" . I would appreciate this aburdity to be put onto my tombstone. Luckily sanity prevailed and the paper was published but as usual the world wouldn't listen.


Hopefully this author’s new book will provides a foundation for the future. As was the case with my first book my latest book titled: “New Thermodynamics: Say No to entropy” is not perfect, but at least it provides a starting point for a simpler constructive science. A science those future generations may actually be able to understand.


 In 2014 my paper titled: "Does tradiational thermodynamics apply to cosmology?" was accepted for publication by the journal  Galilean Electrodynamics, but after waiting over a year a fear that they may be a bankrupt journal. This paper is in my list of papers and does show the logarithmic structure for work. It does not however specifically spell out the correlation of this to work. 



In 2016 I also wrote and had published a paper in a journal out of India. At the time I did not realize that this was one of those I do not give a sh*t predatory journals.See my papers.


A pair of great papers recently were published in the on-line journal: "Progress in Physics".

a) July 2017: titled "A new perspective  for kinetic theory and heat capacity"

b) April 2018 titled "Kinetic Theory: Flatlinning of Polyatomic Gases"


The abobre two paper rewrites kinetic theory so that it better matches empirical data than the tradiational kinetic theory ever could. This is also covered in my book as best as I can. Simply put: if you goal is only to score an “A” in a traditionally taught thermodynamics course  then my book is not for you.  However, if you goal is to actually make sense of the macabre science, then the above stated book may form the perfect beginning. 


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