Analytical Theory of Heat

In 1822, Fourier, in his

Thermodynamics

In 1839, after listening to the praises of Fourier’s book by Royal Belfast Academical Institution of Northern Ireland astronomy professor John Nichol, a 15-year old William Thomson asked whether he should read theSee also: Thomson's search for Carnot's Reflections

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The following are quotes by Fourier:

“Primary causes are unknown to us; but are subject to simple and constant laws, which may be discovered by observation, the study of them being the object of natural philosophy. Heat, like gravity, penetrates every substance of the universe, its rays occupy all parts of space.”— Joseph Fourier (1822),The Analytical Theory of Heat(Ѻ)

“There cannot be a language more universal and more simple, more free from errors and obscurities...more worthy to express the invariable relations of all natural things [than mathematics]. [It interprets] all phenomena by the same language, as if to attest the unity and simplicity of the plan of the universe, and to make still more evident that unchangeable order which presides over all natural causes.”

— Joseph Fourier (1822),The Analytical Theory of Heat(Ѻ)

References

1. Fourier, Joseph. (1822).

2. Lindley, David. (2004).

3. Thomson, S.P. (1910).

4. Thomson, William. (1849). “An Account of Carnot’s Theory of the Motive Power of Heat – with Numerical Results Deduced from Regnault’s Experiments on Steam”, (127-203)

External links

● Joseph Fourier – Wikipedia.