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Theory, Measurement, and Absolute Temperature

Hasok Chang

in Inventing Temperature

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195171273
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195171276.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 Theory, Measurement, and Absolute Temperature

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The precise measurement of temperature became possible by the middle of the 19th century. However, there were no theories of heat to direct the practice of thermometry in a useful way. This chapter discusses the difficulty of making a productive and convincing connection between thermometry and the theory of heat, and how such a connection was eventually made.

Keywords: temperature; thermometry; theory of heat

Chapter.  27213 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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