Chapter

Keeping the Fixed Points Fixed

Hasok Chang

in Inventing Temperature

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171273
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195171276.003.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Keeping the Fixed Points Fixed

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This chapter draws attention to the challenges faced by the early scientists in establishing the fixed points of thermometry such as the boiling and freezing points of water. It provides a historical account of the difficulties in establishing the boiling point of water. It then discusses the meaning and achievement of fixity.

Keywords: fixed points; boiling point; freezing point

Chapter.  24881 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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