Energy and Empire: A Biographical Study of Lord Kelvin

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Cambridge University Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 866 pages
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This study of Lord Kelvin, the most famous mathematical physicist of 19th-century Britain, delivers on a speculation long entertained by historians of science that Victorian physics expressed in its very content the industrial society that produced it. Born into a family committed to liberal political reform and personal advancement, William Thomson identified himself as much with the shipyards and engineering works of his adopted city of Glasgow as with the democratic education offered in its university.
  

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Contents

Clydeside
20
A Cambridge undergraduate
56
The changing tradition of natural philosophy
83
Professor William Thomson
117
The language of mathematical physics
149
Opposing styles and a skewed reception
155
During the 1830s the reformers recaptured traditional British emphases
168
The kinematics of field theory and the nature of electricity
203
Baltimore Lectures for rejecting Maxwells theory of light waves
463
the great storehouse of creation
495
The age of the sun controversies
524
The secular cooling of the earth
552
The age of the earth controversies
579
The habitation of earth
612
The telegraphic art
649
the economics of electricity
684

work ponderomotive force and extremum
237
the years of uncertainty
282
the years of resolution
317
7 T T or Treatise on Natural Philosophy
348
The hydrodynamics of matter
396
Thomson versus Maxwell
445
the art of navigation
723
The magnetic compass
754
Baron Kelvin of Largs
799
and power raised Sir William to the peerage in 1892
811
Index
838
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Crosbie Smith is reader in History and Cultural Studies of Science and director of the Centre for History and Cultural Studies of Science at Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury. He is coauthor of "Energy and Empire: A Biographical Study of Lord Kelvin" and coeditor of "Making Space for Science: Territorial Themes in the Shaping of Knowledge,"

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