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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy$
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Raymond Flood, Mark McCartney, and Andrew Whitaker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.001.0001

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On the Early Work of William Thomson: Mathematical Physics and Methodology in the 1840s

On the Early Work of William Thomson: Mathematical Physics and Methodology in the 1840s

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(p.44) 3 On the Early Work of William Thomson: Mathematical Physics and Methodology in the 1840s
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Kelvin: Life, Labours and Legacy
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I. Grattan-Guinness

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231256.003.0003

This chapter reviews the early works of William Thomson. Thomson began to publish exceptionally early, in 1841, while still in his late teens; and a steady stream of papers came from him thereafter. Most of them in the 1840s concerned heat diffusion, electricity, or magnetism, and related mathematical methods such as the Fourier series and potential theory. These papers manifest a procedure of working by analogy in which methods were taken from one topic and adapted for use in another one.

Keywords:   publications, heat theory, electricity, magnetism, Fourier series

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