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The Life of WIlliam Thomson Lord Kelvin of Largs


Published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1910
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Compete with half-title and frontispiece in both volumes and 14 additional plates. Red cloth, gilt spine, top edges gilt, corners slightly bumped; text is generally clean and bright throughout. An excellent copy. First edition of the most extensive and complete biography of Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), widely considered to be the founder of British physics. He was a foremost figure in the world of nineteenth-century science, particularly as a scientist involved with the practical application of theoretical physics as well as his numerous contributions to the field of physical instrumentation. Thompson details every aspect of Lord Kelvin's life, from his childhood and early education, to his scientific breakthroughs and interactions with his contemporaries, his personal relationships, death, and the lasting effects of his research. Lord Kelvin's achievements in physics, engineering, and thermodynamics are deep, far reaching, and still extremely applicable today. His research and experimentation produced the absolute temperature scale and the qualification of absolute zero, the point at which no further heat can be transferred. Additionally, Lord Kelvin's work on the electric telegraph pioneered invaluable technology for wireless communication. Also, given his penchant for sailing and maritime activities, he developed a more accurate compass and invented a machine to predict the rise and fall of the tides. Thompson (1851-1916) was a respected professor of applied physics, electrical engineering, and the history of science and technology. Bookseller Inventory # 15440

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Title: The Life of WIlliam Thomson Lord Kelvin of ...

Publisher: Macmillan and Co, London

Publication Date: 1910


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