Paul Sen first encountered thermodynamics while studying engineering at Cambridge. After graduating, he began a career in television. Starting at the BBC, he made films on a diverse range of subjects, including dance culture, plane building, the internet revolution and the social history of Britain. His 90-minute film, Oak Tree, Nature's Greatest Survivor, won the prestigious Royal Television Society Award for best science and natural history programme and the Grierson Award for best science documentary in 2016.
Praise for Einstein's Fridge When you combine some of the most profound concepts in physics with exceptional storytelling, this is what you get: popular science writing at its very best. Einstein's Fridge is a hugely readable and entertaining history of thermodynamics and how it has created and shaped our world.' Jim Al-Khalili 'Sen makes a convincing case for the importance of thermodynamics in his impressive debut. He argues that the first two laws of thermodynamics (that the energy of the universe is constant, and that the entropy of the universe tends to increase), as articulated in 1865, are a testament to the human intellect and imagination and are every bit as significant as Newton's laws of motion . Sen tells of the scientists whose work led to the present understanding of thermodynamics, among them Sadi Carnot (the founding father of the science of thermodynamics ); James Joule, with his lifelong zeal for scientific experimentation ; Albert Einstein, whose work derived from thermodynamics ; and Alan Turing, who uncovered a beautiful aspect of the second law of thermodynamics . Sen explains how an understanding of thermodynamics led to the invention that catalyzed the Industrial Revolution , the steam engine, and goes further in arguing that refrigeration, a process building on thermodynamic principles, enabled the greatest improvement in human nutrition since the advent of cooking. He accomplishes all of this with splendid prose, making ample use of analogies to explain complex scientific ideas. Sen's history of hot and cold is pop-science that hits the mark.' Publisher's Weekly Praise for Paul Sen 'Fascinating and lovely' Guardian 'Lovingly made, moving, enlightening ... informative and educational' Telegraph