Kelvin Life, Labours and Legacy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-25
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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).

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. ix
William Thomson: An Introductory Biographyp. 1
Educating William: Belfast, Glasgow, and Cambridgep. 23
On the Early Work of William Thomson: Mathematical Physics and Methodology in the 1840sp. 44
James Thomson and the Culture of a Victorian Engineerp. 56
Fifty-Eight Years of Friendship: Kelvin and Stokesp. 64
Kelvin and Fitzgerald: Great Irish Physicistsp. 86
Concepts and Models of the Magnetic Fieldp. 94
'A Dynamical Form of Mechanical Effect': Thomson's Thermodynamicsp. 122
Kelvin and Engineeringp. 140
William Thomson's Determinations of the Age of the Earthp. 160
Thomson and Tait: The Treatise on Natural Philosophyp. 175
Kelvin on Atoms and Moleculesp. 192
Kelvin and the Development of Science in Meiji Japanp. 212
Kelvin, Maxwell, Einstein and the Ether: Who was Right about What?p. 224
Kelvin and Statistical Mechanicsp. 253
Kelvin-The Legacyp. 278
Notes on Contributorsp. 307
Notes, References, and Further Readingp. 308
Indexp. 347
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