Introduction

The second of the Handbook’s five themes is Foundations. The sections here deal with principles, concepts, and physical laws that are important to the study of energy. The theme begins with a section on thermodynamics, which is crucial to an understanding of energy in many respects, then progresses to the core scientific disciplines of physics, chemistry, and earth science. The Foundations theme concludes with sections on the techniques used to measure various energy phenomena and the basic concepts that are employed to understand and describe such phenomena.

As the title Foundations indicates, this theme presents information in the realm of the physical sciences that can provide a basis for the study of energy. The chronology of ...

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