Measuring Extreme Temperatures1

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    THE measurement of extreme temperatures is a subject of great theoretical interest, especially in connection with the determination of the laws of radiation and of chemical dissociation and combination. The temperature in each case is the factor of paramount importance, and without means of measuring the temperature there is no possibility of formulating any rational theories. The subject possesses, in addition, a powerful fascination for the experimentalist, on account of the difficulty of the observations involved, and of the extremely conflicting nature of the results obtained by different observers and different methods of research.

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    Measuring Extreme Temperatures1. Nature 59, 494–497 (1899) doi:10.1038/059494b0

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