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Inventing temperature : measurement and scientific progress

Author: Hasok Chang
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2004.
Series: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What is temperature, and how can we measure it correctly? These may seem like simple questions, but the most renowned scientists struggled with them throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In Inventing Temperature, Chang examines how scientists first created thermometers; how they measured temperature beyond the reach of standard thermometers; and how they managed to assess the reliability and accuracy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hasok Chang
ISBN: 0195171276 9780195171273
OCLC Number: 52720597
Awards: Winner of Joint winner of the Lakatos Award 2006.
Description: xviii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Keeping the fixed points fixed --
Spirit, air, and quicksilver --
To go beyond --
Theory, measurement, and absolute temperature --
Measurement, justification, and scientific progress --
Complementary science-history and philosophy of science as a continuation of science by other means.
Series Title: Oxford studies in philosophy of science.
Responsibility: Hasok Chang.
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Takes a historical and philosophical approach to examine how scientists were able to use scientific methods to test the reliability of thermometers; how they measured temperature beyond the reach of  Read more...

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[A] fascinating study * David Knight, BJHS, Vol. 39/4 * the most important book on this subject since Bridgman's classic work of 1927... Chang's book should become mandatory reading for anyone who Read more...

 
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