What is Thermodynamics?
The word thermodynamics was coined by William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) in 1749.
It comes from the Greek words: therme (heat) and dynamis (power).
The name heat-power is appropriate because thermodynamics developed from efforts to explain the conversion of heat into power by steam engines.
Timeline of the Early Developments of Thermodynamics
Count Rumford began canon-boring experiments (dealing with the conversion of work into heat)
Mayer (1842), Joule (1847) and Helmholtz (1847) independently arrived at the conservation of energy principle
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