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Joule’s Experiment as an Event Triggering a Formalization of a Baconian Science Till Up to an Alternative Theory to Newton’s One (2021)


A re-visitation of Joule’s experiment motivates a critical analysis of thermodynamic notions: heat, total energy, first principle, organization of a scientific theory, its relationships with logic and mathematics. A rational re-construction of thermodynamics is suggested according to the model of a problem-based organization, that Sadi Carnot applied to his formulation. The new formulation accomplishes the long time theoretical process started by Joule’s experiment within physicists community's collective mind, i.e. the process of exiting out Baconian science for suggesting a first theory out Newton’s paradigm, and eventually for introducing a pluralism of incompatible physical theories.

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Authors & Contributors
Clarke, Bruce C.
Henderson, Linda Dalrymple
Sibum, H. Otto
Franklin, Allan D.
Bartel, Hans-Georg
Huebener, R. P.
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
European Physical Journal H
Science and Education
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Stanford University Press
World Scientific
MIT Press
The MIT Press
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Experiments and experimentation
Energy (physics)
Joule, James Prescott
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron
Mayer, Julius Robert von
Boltzmann, Ludwig
Michelson, Albert Abraham
Morley, Edward Williams
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
Great Britain
Vienna (Austria)
Royal Society (Great Britain). European Science Exchange Programme

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