Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Hardcover | April 10, 2008

EditorRaymond Flood, Mark Mccartney, Andrew Whitaker

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Lord Kelvin was one of the greatest physicists of the Victorian era. Widely known for the development of the Kelvin scale of temperature measurement, Kelvin's interests ranged across thermodynamics, the age of the Earth, the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, not to mentioninventions such as an improved maritime compass and a sounding device which allowed depths to be taken both quickly and while the ship was moving. He was an academic engaged in fundamental research, while also working with industry and technological advances. He corresponded and collaborated withother eminent men of science such as Stokes, Joule, Maxwell and Helmholtz, was raised to the peerage as a result of his contributions to science, and finally buried in Westminster Abbey next to Newton. This book contains a collection of chapters, authored by leading experts, covering the life andwide-ranging scientific contributions made by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).

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Lord Kelvin was one of the greatest physicists of the Victorian era. Widely known for the development of the Kelvin scale of temperature measurement, Kelvin's interests ranged across thermodynamics, the age of the Earth, the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, not to mentioninventions such as an improved maritime compass...

Raymond Flood is University Lecturer in Computer Studies and Mathematics in the Continuing Education Department in Oxford University Mark McCartney is a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Ulster. Andrew Whitaker is Professor of Physics at Queen's University Belfast.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.94 inPublished:April 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231257

ISBN - 13:9780199231256

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ForewordLife1. Mark McCartney: William Thomson: An Introductory Biography2. Alex D.D. Craik: Educating William: Belfast, Glasgow and Cambridge3. I. Grattan-Guinness: On the Early Work of William Thomson: Mathematical Physics and Methodology in the 1840s4. Peter Bowler: James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineer5. Alastair Wood: Fifty-Eight Years of Friendship: Kelvin and Stokes6. Denis Weaire: Kelvin and FitzgeraldLabours7. John Roche: Concepts and Models of the Magnetic Field8. Iwan Rhys Morus: "A Dynamical Form of Mechanical Effect": Thomson's Thermodynamics9. Bernard Crossland: Kelvin and Engineering10. Patrick N. Wyse Jackson: William Thomson's Determinations of the Age of the Earth11. Raymond Flood: Thomson and Tait: The Treatise on Natural Philosophy12. Elizabeth Garber: Kelvin on Atoms and MoleculesLegacy13. Colin Latimer: Kelvin and the Development of Science in Meiji Japan14. C.W. Francis Everitt: Kelvin, Maxwell, Einstein and the Ether - Who was Right about What?15. Oliver Penrose: Kelvin and Statistical Mechanics16. Andrew Whitaker: Kelvin - The Legacy