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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108029803

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  • William Thomson, Baron Kelvin (1824–1907), was educated at Glasgow and Cambridge. While only in his twenties, he was awarded the University of Glasgow's chair in natural philosophy, which he was to hold for over fifty years. He is best known through the Kelvin, the unit of measurement of temperature named after him in consequence of his development of an absolute scale of temperature. These volumes, published between 1889 and 1894, collect together Kelvin's lectures for a wider audience. In a convivial but never condescending style, he outlines a range of scientific subjects to audiences of his fellow scientists. The range of topics covered reflects Kelvin's broad interests and his stature as one of the most eminent of Victorian scientists. Volume 1 covers topics on physics, Volume 2 (actually published last) geology, and Volume 3 the science of the oceans.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108029803
    • dimensions: 323 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 2.53kg
    • contains: 117 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Capillary action
    2. Electrical units of measurement
    3. The sorting demon of Maxwell
    4. Elasticity viewed as possibly a mode of motion
    5. The size of atoms
    6. Steps towards a kinetic theory of matter
    7. The six gateways of knowledge
    8. The wave theory of light
    9. On the age of the sun's heat
    10. On the sun's heat
    11. Electrical measurement
    Index. Volume 2:
    12. Protection of vegetation from cold
    13. The 'doctrine of uniformity' in geology briefly refuted
    14. On geological time
    15. On geological dynamics
    16. Presidential address to the British Association, Edinburgh, 1871
    17. Presidential address to the Society of Telegraph Engineers, 1874
    18. Review of evidence regarding the physical condition of the earth
    19. Geological climate
    20. The internal condition of the earth as to temperature, fluidity, and rigidity
    21. Polar ice-caps and their influence in changing sea levels
    22. On the rate of a clock or chronometer as influenced by the mode of suspension
    23. On a new astronomical clock
    24. On beats of imperfect harmonies
    25. On the origin and transformation of motive power
    26. On the sources of energy in nature available to man for the production of mechanical effect
    27. On the dissipation of energy
    28. The Bangor laboratories
    29. Presidential addresses
    30. Address delivered on the occasion of the unveiling of Joule's statue in Manchester Town Hall
    31. Isoperimetrical problems
    Index. Volume 3: Preface
    32. Navigation
    33. The tides
    34. Terrestrial magnetism and the mariner's compass
    35. On deep-sea sounding by pianoforte wire
    36. On lighthouse characteristics
    37. On the forces concerned in the laying and lifting of deep-sea cables
    38. On ship waves
    Index.

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    William Thomson

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