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Spirit, Air, and Quicksilver

Hasok Chang

in Inventing Temperature

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171273
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195171276.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Spirit, Air, and Quicksilver

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The establishment of the fixed points of thermometry allowed the creation of numerical thermometers by finding a procedure for assigning numbers to the degrees of heat between fixed point and beyond them. This chapter discusses efforts to establish the numerical scale. This problem involved a deep philosophical challenge, which was overcome after more than a century of debates and experiments.

Keywords: thermometers; fixed point; numerical scale

Chapter.  24262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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