Lord Kelvin: His Influence on Electrical Measurements and Units

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Overview

Lord Kelvin (William Thomson), arguably Britain's most eminent scientist after Newton, spent much of his life in work which led to the development of today's electrical units and standards. Despite his influence, there are few biographies of stature (largely due to the abstruse nature of much of his technical research). This treatment concentrates upon his work in three phases; discovery of the fundamental concepts and coding them into universal laws, leading the adoption of the metric system, and securing worldwide use of units and standards (now the IEC system).
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Details the contributions by British scientist Kelvin (1824-1907) to modern science, primarily by establishing units of electricity, and gathering scientists from around the world to collaborate on their research and adopt standardized measurements. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863412370
  • Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: History of Technology Series , #18
  • Pages: 107

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Kelvin and electrical science 1
2 Kelvin and the metric system 8
3 Metric controversy in Britain and the USA 12
4 Electrical measurements 17
5 Kelvin and the British Association Electrical Units 24
6 International Electrical Congresses 34
7 Units and standards for the electrical century 56
8 Kelvin, Crompton and the electrical industry 67
App. A: James Watt and the metric system 86
App. B: Kelvin and screwthread standards 88
App. C: Metrication in Britain 90
App. D: International electrotechnical terminology 92
App. E: William Thomson on the 'Thomson Effect' 95
App. F: Crompton's Patents 1878-1899 98
Index 102
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