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James Joule : a biography
Cardwell, D. S. L. (Donald Stephen Lowell)
Publication Information:
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
ix, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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QC16.J68 C368 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Cardwell (Emeritus, University of Manchester) is known for his studies of science and technology in the industrial Midlands of England. In this study of Joule he does far more than give a simple biography, presenting many insights into the history of thermodynamics, especially in connection with Joule's work with William Thomson, and into the history of technical and scientific education in industrial Manchester. At times, Cardwell seems more interested in these other matters, and the biography falters when he pursues such topics as the contributions of Gustave-Adolph Hirn to the dynamical theory of heat. Although the book is long and is unlikely to be read by someone only casually interested in Joule, it will prove a valuable reference work for anyone wishing to know more than can be found in textbooks about the development of theories of heat, energy, and work in the middle of the 19th century. Well-illustrated, extensive notes and references, and name and subject indexes. For all undergraduate and graduate students. -J. L. McKnight, College of William and Mary