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Energy and Empire

Energy and Empire
A Biographical Study of Lord Kelvin

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  • Date Published: October 1989
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2004
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521261739

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  • This study of Lord Kelvin, the most famous mathematical physicist of 19th-century Britain, delivers on a speculation long entertained by historians of science that Victorian physics expressed in its very content the industrial society that produced it.

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    • Date Published: October 1989
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521261739
    • length: 898 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 66 mm
    • weight: 1.56kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2004
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Footnote abbreviations
    Part I. The Making of the Natural Philosopher:
    1. From the ashes of revolution
    2. Clydeside
    3. A Cambridge undergraduate
    4. The changing tradition of natural philosophy
    5. Professor William Thomson
    Part II. The Transformation of Classical Physics:
    6. The language of mathematical physics
    7. The kinematics of field theory and the nature of electricity
    8. The dynamics of field theory: work, ponderomotive force, and extremum conditions
    9. Thermodynamics: the years of uncertainty
    10. Thermodynamics: the years of resolution
    11. T & T' of treatise on natural philosophy
    12. The hydrodynamics of matter
    13. Telegraph signals and light waves
    Thomson versus Maxwell
    Part III. The Economy of Nature: The Economy of Nature: The Great Storehouse of Creation:
    14. The irreversible cosmos
    15. The age of the sun controversies
    16. The secular cooling of the earth
    17. The age of the earth controversies
    18. The habitation of earth
    Part IV. Energy, Economy, and Empire: The Relief of Man's Estate:
    19. The telegraphic art
    20. Measurement and marketing: the economics of electricity
    21. Rule, Britannia: the art of navigation
    22. The magnetic compass
    23. Baron Kelvin of Largs
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Crosbie Smith, University of Kent, Canterbury

    M. Norton Wise, University of California, Los Angeles

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