Article ID: CBB000048291

Applied mathematics and the quantification of experimental physics: The example of barometric hypsometry (1985)


Description “The origins of barometric hypsometry [the measurement of heights from differences in atmospheric pressure] lay in applied mathematics, from which it did not migrate to experimental physics until the mid-18th century. Its successful employment in surveying after 1770 renewed the connection with applied mathematics. Barometric hypsometry thus presents a good opportunity to study the interaction of applied mathematics and experimental physics in the early modern period.”

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Authors & Contributors
Zuidervaart, Huibert Jan
Archinard, Margarida
Hackmann, Willem D.
Fauque, Danielle M. E.
Six, James
David, Jean-Claude
British Journal for the History of Science
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society
Annali dell'Istituto e Museo di storia della scienza di Firenze
Dix-huitième siècle
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Nimbus Books
Pavia University Press
Measuring instruments
Scientific apparatus and instruments
Societies; institutions; academies
De Luc, Jean André
Six, James
Grimm, Friedrich Melchoir von
Lalande, Joseph Jérôme le Français de
Bird, John
Coulomb, Charles Augustin de
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
China; Japan
Geneva (Switzerland)

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