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" Several experimental facts appear nearly inexplicable in the actual state of this theory." 7. Since the time when Carnot thus expressed himself, the necessity of a most careful examination of the entire experimental basis of the theory of heat has become... "
Reflections on the Motive Power of Heat and on Machines Fitted to Develop ... - Page 132
by Sadi Carnot, Hippolyte Carnot, William Thomson Baron Kelvin - 1890 - 260 pages
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Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Volume 2

Science - 1850
...examination. Several experimental facts appear nearly inexplicable in the actual state of this theory." Since the time when Carnot thus expressed himself,...before they ought to be admitted, as they usually are, by almost every one who has worked on the subject, whether in combining the results of experimental...
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More Heat Than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature's Economics

Philip Mirowski - Business & Economics - 1991 - 450 pages
...generated by mechanical processes clashed directly with the doctrine Thomson had imbibed from Carnot that "heat is a substance, invariable in quantity,...incapable of being generated by any physical agency" (quoted in Steffens 1979, p. 108). Thomson had already published mathematical studies of heat based...
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The Science of Energy: A Cultural History of Energy Physics in Victorian Britain

Crosbie Smith - History - 1998 - 404 pages
...experimental basis of the theory of heat has become more and more urgent', especially with regard to 'all those assumptions depending on the idea that...incapable of being generated by any physical agency'. That Thomson had not committed himself to this material theory of heat is evidenced by his cautious...
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