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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker


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 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 emin ... More

Keywords: temperature, thermodynamics, telegraph, maritime compass, Stokes, Joule, Maxwell, Helmholtz

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231256
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond Flood, editor
University of Oxford

Mark McCartney, editor
University of Ulster

Andrew Whitaker, editor
The Queen's University, Belfast

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