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Lord Kelvin’s Clock

Synopsis
About thermodynamics and the irreversibility of time. Deals with Kelvin’s attempts to establish scientifically the age of the earth. Shows the importance of steam power to 19th-century science and introduces the first and second law of thermodynamics and the idea of entropy. Filmed in Kelvin’s house, in his classroom, at Largs and at Highhouse Colliery, Auchinleck.
Series
Science and Belief: From Darwin to Einstein, Course A381
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 22 min.
Year of production
1982
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Uses
1st-year courses in history of science/physics.*
Subjects
Physics
Keywords
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron; steam power; thermodynamics; time

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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