Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot

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Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (June 1, 1796 - August 24, 1832) was a French physicist and military engineer who gave the first successful theoretical account of heat engines, now known as the Carnot cycle, thereby laying the foundations of the second law of thermodynamics.


  1. Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot "Reflexions sur la Puissance Motrice de Feu et sur les Machines Propres a Développer cette Puissance" (1824), printed in Annales scientifiques de l'École Normale Supérieure Sér. 2, 1 pp. 393-457 (1872)


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