The British Association: Section A Mathematical and Physical


On the Sources of Energy in Nature Available to Man for the Production of Mechanical Effect DURING the fifty years' life of the British Association, the Advancement of Science for which it has lived and worked so well has not been more marked in any department than in one which belongs very decidedly to the Mathematical and Physical Section—the science of Energy. The very name energy, though first used in its present sense by Dr. Thomas Young about the beginning of this century, has only come into use practically after the doctrine which defines it had, during the first half of the British Association's life, been raised from a mere formula of mathematical dynamics to the position it now holds of a principle pervading all nature and guiding the investigator in every field of science.

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THOMSON, W. The British Association: Section A Mathematical and Physical. Nature 24, 433–436 (1881).

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