One of nature’s most pervasive characteristics is conservatism, but her conservatism is tempered with adaptability. She yields to any force however small, but yields as slowly and with as little inconvenience to herself as possible. At the same time, every device which uses up the energy producing the change is brought into play. For instance, when heat is applied to a system, the most careful insulation cannot prevent the dispersal of part of it by conduction, convection and radiation. Some of it is used in the work done by expansion. Every possible chemical reaction and physical change which absorbs heat is set up. Then what remains of the heat is available for the desired rise in temperature.
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Brown, F. E.
"The Effect of Pressure on Chemical Reaction,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 33(1), 145-150.
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