But then we'd have to get into what quantum thermodynamics means, and well, that's a battle for another day!
In particular, Hawking was gaining a renewed interest in a field called thermodynamics , developed by Lord Kelvin and others in the nineteenth century.
Enquiries into the role of heat in these reactions led him to study chemical thermodynamics , and eventually to the famous Le Chatelier's principle.
As we have noted Jeans worked on thermodynamics , heat and other aspects of radiation, publishing major works on these topics and on applications to astronomy.
The topics Brillouin wrote on were the kinetic theory of gases, viscosity, thermodynamics , melting conditions and electricity.
In thermodynamics one divides any heat loss or gain by the temperature, and one obtains then a quantity that is called the change in entropy.
Most physicists probably learned about the laws of thermodynamics at high school, but few of us will have been told the whole story.
The results could also add a further twist to a field Einstein did not foresee - the thermodynamics of black holes.
By this time he had completely reversed his ideas about black holes and thermodynamics , the very ideas that had created such arguments a few years earlier.
Only in the nineteenth century did the study of energy come of age, with the invention of the branch of physics known as thermodynamics .