See: The Three Laws of Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics studies the dynamics of heat, or the flow, production, and conversion of heat energy into work. It arose from the study of the steam engine and other "heat engines" that convert heat into mechanical work. The results of that work have effected branches of philosophy.
Ther`mo*dy*nam"ics (?), n.
The science which treats of the mechanical action or relations of heat.
© Webster 1913.
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