Legacy books in electronic form on importance, adjoint function, and reactor kinetics and control.

New book on thermodynamics: frontiers and foundations

by Dr.J.D. Lewins.

Curriculum vitae

Dr. J.D. Lewins has now released the following three of his books for free distribution:

I. J.D. Lewins: Importance: The Adjoint Function : The Physical Basis of Variational and Perturbation Theory in Transport and Diffusion Problems, North-Holland Publishing Company - Amsterdam, 582 pages, 1966

Introduction: Continuous Systems and the Variational Principle

 1. The Fundamental Variational Principle
 2. The Importance Function
 3. Adjoint Equations
 4. Variational Methods
 5. Perturbation and Iterative Methods
 6. Non-Linear Theory
 Addendum : Jeffery Lewins: Minimum critical mass and flat flux in a 2-group model, Annals of Nuclear Energy 31 (2004) 541-576

II. J.D. Lewins: Nuclear Reactor Kinetics and Control, Pergamon Press, London, 275 pages, 1978

 1. Introductory Review
 2. Neutron and Precursor Equations
 3. Elementary Solutions of the Kinetics Equations at Low Power
 4. Linear Reactor Process Dynamics with Feedback
 5. Power Reactor Control Systems
 6. Fluctuations and Reactor Noise
 7. Safety and Reliability
 8. Non Linear Systems ; Stability and Control
 9. Analogue Computing Addendum: Jay Basken and Jeffery D. Lewins: Power Series Solution of the Reactor Kinetics Equations, Nuclear Science and Engineering: 122, 407-436 (1996) (authorised for distribution with the book: courtesy of American Nuclear Society)

III. J.D. Lewins: Thermodynamics: Frontiers and Foundations, New book 2009, ISBN 978-2-9534095-1-2, electronic publishing

Preface by Sir Alan Cottrell

 1. Four-Square Foundations: The Laws of Thermodynamics
 2. Maximum Entropy and Minimum Energy: The Master Functions and Equations
 3. Ideal Gases and their Applications
 4. Real Fluids and Some Applications
 5. Van der Waals: A Model for Real Fluids
 6. Surface Tension: Bubbles and Drops
 7. Inert and Reactive Mixtures; An introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics (with 'gibbs' program)
 8. Radiation Thermodynamics: Solar Power Potential
 9. Outposts of the Empire
10. A Glimpse into Statistical Thermodynamics


The books are stored in PDF format with bookmarks organized by chapters and sections to facilitate the electronic 'navigation' within. Corrigenda for the books are also provided. Each page with a correction has a hyperlink to the corresponding correction and a pointer from the corrigenda back to the original page.

Note to the reader: Dr.J.D. Lewins owns the copyright of these books and he authorises the OECD/NEA Data Bank to distribute them in PDF format at no cost to requesters, in particular to students. These books on CD-ROM cannot be further copied or sold. Copies on electronic medium should be requested from programs@oecd-nea.org.

25 March 2009