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The science of energy : a cultural history of energy physics in Victorian Britain

Author: Crosbie Smith
Publisher: London : Athlone, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traditional accounts of the energy concept have tended to emphasize its discovery, an inevitable product of the progress of science in the 19th century. This new history places the construction of the concept firmly in its social context.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Crosbie.
Science of energy.
London : Athlone, 1998
(OCoLC)607096275
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Crosbie Smith
ISBN: 0485114313 9780485114317 048512145X 9780485121452
OCLC Number: 40143503
Description: xi, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : a history of energy --
From design to dissolution : Scotland's Presbyterian cultures --
Recovering the motive power of heat --
Mr Joule of Manchester --
Constructing a perfect thermo-dynamic engine --
'Everything in the material world is progressive' --
'The epoch of energy' : the new physics and the new cosmology --
The science of thermodynamics --
North Britain versus metropolis : territorial controversy in the history of energy --
Newton reinvented : Thomson and Tait's Treatise on natural philosophy --
Gentleman of energy : the natural philosophy of James ¿ Clerk Maxwell --
Demons versus dissipation --
Energy and electricity : 'the apparatus of the market place' --
Sequel : Transforming energy in the late nineteenth century.
Responsibility: Crosbie Smith.

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