Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

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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 table, not to mention inventions 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 with other 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 and wide-ranging contributions made by William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199231256
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

1. William Thomson: An Introductory Biography, Mark McCartney
2. Educating William: Belfast, Glasgow and Cambridge, Alex D.D. Craik
3. On the Early Work of William Thomson: Mathematical Physics and Methodology in the 1840s, I. Grattan-Guinness
4. James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineer, Peter Bowler
5. Fifty-Eight Years of Friendship: Kelvin and Stokes, Alastair Wood
6. Kelvin and Fitzgerald, Denis Weaire
7. Concepts and Models of the Magnetic Field, John Roche
8. "A Dynamical Form of Mechanical Effect": Thomson's Thermodynamics, Iwan Rhys Morus
9. Kelvin and Engineering, Bernard Crossland
10. William Thomson's Determinations of the Age of the Earth, Patrick N. Wyse Jackson
11. Thomson and Tait: The Treatise on Natural Philosophy, Raymond Flood
12. Kelvin on Atoms and Molecules, Elizabeth Garber
13. Kelvin and the Development of Science in Meiji Japan, Colin Latimer
14. Kelvin, Maxwell, Einstein and the Ether - Who was Right about What?, C.W. Francis Everitt
15. Kelvin and Statistical Mechanics, Oliver Penrose
16. Kelvin - The Legacy, Andrew Whitaker

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