Linear Temperature Scale


IN a recent communication1 Groves and Lielmezs express the absolute temperature scale in a form symmetrical about the arbitrary zero, with the absolutely highest and lowest temperatures placed at + ∞ and − ∞, respectively. As a mathematical transformation, this is of course trivial—one can always turn something into nothing by making it a unit and taking its logarithm. However, Groves and Lielmezs seem to be unaware that the scale they describe was in fact the first absolute scale proposed by W. Thomson (later Lord Kelvin), not as a mathematical possibility but on physical grounds2.

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    Groves, W. D., and Lielmezs, J., Nature, 205, 489 (1965).

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    Thomson, W., Phil. Mag., 33, 313 (1848).

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    Dingle, H., Phil. Mag., 35, 499 (1944).

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DINGLE, H. Linear Temperature Scale. Nature 206, 1347 (1965) doi:10.1038/2061347a0

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