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Title: Some contributions of medical theory to the discovery of the conservation of energy principle during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
Author: Hall, Vance Mark Dornford
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1978
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Abstract:
Several scholars have investigated contributions that medical theorists made during the 19th century to the discovery of the conservation of energy. This thesis investigates such contributions, particularly in Britain and Germany, in greater detail than has been done hitherto. Beginning with ideas on power of 17th and 18th century British philosophers, the development of an interest in dynamics is traced through the writings of some two dozen British medical theorists between about 1760 and 1860. Gradually their ideas on power or force - these two words were usually synonymous - became sharper, and by the l830s the parallel studies on force in the physical sciences were influencing them considerably. Thus, in the 1840s William Robert Grove's (1811- 1896) formal enunciation of the correlation of forces seemed to give physiologists extra confidence in their ideas, especially on the correlation of physical and vital forces and the non-creatibility and indestructibility of power in the living organism. Two physiologists in particular have been discussed as illustrations of how readily the formally enunciated principles of the correlation of forces and the conservation of energy were applied to their physiology in the 1840s and 1850s.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Doctoral Thesis - University of London. Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.457881  DOI: Not available
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