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Energy and empire : a biographical study of Lord Kelvin

Author: Crosbie Smith; M Norton Wise
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study of Lord Kelvin, the most famous mathematical physicist of 19th-century Britain, delivers on a speculation long entertained by historians of science that Victorian physics expressed in its  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; William Thomson Kelvin, Baron; William Thomson Kelvin; William Thomson Kelvin; William Thomson Kelvin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Crosbie Smith; M Norton Wise
ISBN: 0521261732 9780521261739
OCLC Number: 18413875
Awards: History of Science Society Pfizer Award, 1990.
Description: xxvi, 866 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The making of the natural philosopher. From the ashes of revolution ; Clydeside ; A Cambridge undergraduate ; The changing tradition of natural philosophy ; Professor William Thomson --
The transformation of classical physics. The language of mathematical physics ; The kinematics of field theory and the nature of electricity ; The dynamics of field theory : work, ponderomotive force, and extremum conditions ; Thermodynamics : the years of uncertainty ; Thermodynamics : the years of resolution ; T & T', or, Treatise on natural philosophy ; The hydrodynamics of matter ; Telegraph signals and light waves ; Thomson versus Maxwell --
The economy of nature : the great storehouse of creation. The irreversible cosmos ; The age of the sun controversies ; The secular cooling of the earth ; The age of the earth controversies ; The habitation of earth --
Energy, economy, and empire : the relief of man's estate. The telegraphic art ; Measurement and marketing : the economics of electricity ; Rule, Britannia : the art of navigation ; The magnetic compass ; Baron Kelvin of Largs.
Responsibility: Crosbie Smith and M. Norton Wise.
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