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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy$
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Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.001.0001

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William Thomson's Determinations of the Age of the Earth

William Thomson's Determinations of the Age of the Earth

(p.160) 10 William Thomson's Determinations of the Age of the Earth
Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy

Patrick N. Wyse Jackson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on William Thomson's involvement in debates concerning the age of the Earth in the 19th century. Thomson applied himself to determining the age of the Earth in three ways: the first was in relation to the Sun, and he attempted to estimate how long it had been shining and used this as a corollary for the age of the Earth. Secondly, Thomson investigated the effect that friction caused by tides might have had on the shape of the Earth. The third method took the secular cooling rate of the Earth, and it is for this work that Thomson is chiefly remembered in the geochronological field.

Keywords:   Earth, Sun, friction, tides, cooling, geochronology

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