Development of the concept Of energy

Progress during the nineteenth century

Progress during the nineteenth century During the years which followed Rumford’s experiments the concepts of work and energy began to emerge in scientific thought. Moreover, the rapid development of steam power, which was then taking place, played its part in stimulating a general interest in the transfer of internal energy from steam into mechanical work. At first the discussion …

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The observations of Count Rumford

The observations of Count Rumford In spite of the popularity of the caloric theory during the eighteenth century, the were some who did not find it altogether satisfactory. Its main critic. American named Benjamin Thompson, who for his services to the Elector Bavaria was later given the title of Count Rum ford. Towards the end of the century, when …

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Early ideas on the nature of internal energy

Early ideas on the nature of internal energy It had long been known that nails became hot when hammered into a piece of wood. In the seventeenth century Robert Boyle explained this by saying that the hammer blows set the particles of metal into violent vibration and so concluded that the rise in temperature was simply caused by …

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