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Recently, Drebushchak (J Therm Anal Calorim 103:753–759, []) has stated that, “Various ways of thermodynamic evaluations can yield different results, contradicting to one another,” and that, “Thermodynamics is not a rigorous mathematical science.” These are radical claims. If they were true, thermodynamics as it is now understood would have to be abandoned. In this paper, I will defend thermodynamics by demonstrating that these statements are incorrect. Thermodynamics remains a valid, self-consistent scientific theory, and we are justified in continuing to rely on its predictions.

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    Drebushchak, VA. 2011. Concepts against mathematics: self-inconsistency in thermodynamic evaluations. J Therm Anal Calorim. 103:753759 .

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    Callen, HB. 1985 Thermodynamics and an introduction to thermostatistics 2 Wiley New York.

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    Swendsen, RH. 2012 Introduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics Oxford Press London 138139.

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    Drebushchak, VA. 2009. Heat capacity increases with pressure. J Therm Anal Calorim. 95:7313 .

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