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The Science of Energy: A Cultural History of Energy Physics in Victorian Britain Crosbie Smith

The Science of Energy: A Cultural History of Energy Physics in Victorian Britain

Crosbie Smith

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ISBN : 9780226764207
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411 pages
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Although we take it for granted today, the concept of energy transformed nineteenth-century physics. In The Science of Energy, Crosbie Smith shows how a North British group of scientists and engineers, including James Joule, James Clerk Maxwell,MoreAlthough we take it for granted today, the concept of energy transformed nineteenth-century physics. In The Science of Energy, Crosbie Smith shows how a North British group of scientists and engineers, including James Joule, James Clerk Maxwell, William and James Thomson, Fleeming Jenkin, and P. G. Tait, developed energy physics to solve practical problems encountered by Scottish shipbuilders and marine engineers- to counter biblical revivalism and evolutionary materialism- and to rapidly enhance their own scientific credibility.Replacing the language and concepts of classical mechanics with terms such as actual and potential energy, the North British group conducted their revolution in physics so astutely and vigorously that the concept of energy—a valuable commodity in the early days of industrialization—became their intellectual property. Smith skillfully places this revolution in its scientific and cultural context, exploring the actual creation of scientific knowledge during one of the most significant episodes in the history of physics.