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The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs

The Life of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin of Largs
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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108027199

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  • The mathematician and physicist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, (1824–1907) was one of Britain's most influential scientists, famous for his work on the first and second laws of thermodynamics and for devising the Kelvin scale of absolute temperature. Silvanus P. Thompson (1851–1916) began this biography with the co-operation of Kelvin in 1906, but the project was interrupted by Kelvin's death the following year. Thompson, himself a respected physics lecturer and scientific writer, decided that a more comprehensive biography would be needed and spent several years reading through Kelvin's papers in order to complete these two volumes, published in 1910. Volume 1 covers Kelvin's early career, his research in thermodynamics, and his applied work on telegraphs and cables. Volume 2 deals with Kelvin's later career, aspects of his personal life including his enthusiasm for sailing and music, and the relationship between his scientific discoveries and his religious beliefs.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108027199
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 78 mm
    • weight: 1.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Childhood, and upbringing at Glasgow
    2. Cambridge
    3. Post-graduate studies at Paris and Peterhouse
    4. The Glasgow Chair
    5. The young professor
    6. Thermodynamics
    7. The laboratory
    8. The Atlantic telegraph: failure
    9. Strenuous years
    10. The epoch-making treatise
    11. The Atlantic telegraph: success
    12. Labour and sorrow
    13. The geological controversy
    14. Later telegraphic work: the siphon recorder. Volume 2:
    15. The 'Lalla Rookh', the British Association, and the 'Hooper'
    16. In the Seventies
    17. Navigation – the compass and the sounding machine
    18. Gyrostatics and wave motion
    19. In the Eighties
    20. The Baltimore lectures
    21. Gathering up the threads
    22. The peerage
    23. The jubilee. Retirement
    24. The great comprehensive theory
    25. Views and opinions
    26. The closing years

  • Author

    Silvanus Phillips Thompson

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