Carnot's Work: The Ideal Heat Engine

Perpetual Motion?

Practical and Theoretical Heat Engines : Power Plants


The Life and Ideas of Sadi Carnot


Ben Townsend --- Physics 212 --- 4/12/03






Sadi Carnot was a French engineer (one of the few engineers that history remembers) who contributed greatly to the development of the field of thermodynamics. Although he only published one paper, which went largely unrecognized during his life, a testament to the influence of his ideas is the fact that his ideal heat engine is well known to modern day students of thermodynamics.









These are the only two published portraits of Carnot, found on and