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Ole Römer and the Thermometer1

Nature volume 82, pages 296298 (06 January 1910) | Download Citation



THE first thermometers of which the indications were independent of atmospheric pressure appeared in the latter half of the seventeenth century, but Fahrenheit was the first one to succeed, in 1710, in solving the problem of furnishing these thermometers with such scales that their indications agreed; these thermometers were much admired, and represented great progress. It may therefore be of interest to show that Ole Römer solved this problem before Fahrenheit, and that it was from him that Fahrenheit obtained his method.


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    Altpreuss. Monatsschrift, ii., 1874, contains a fragment edited by E. Strehlek.

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    Phil. Trans. London, vol. xxxiii, 1724, pp. 78–84.

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    Miscell. Berolienses, t. vi. (printed 1737).

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    Loc. cit., p. 271.

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    , "Traité de Météorologie," 1774, p. 129.

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    Misc. Berol., t. v., 1737, p. 120.

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    Acta Eruditorum, 1714, p. 381.

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