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Single Idea 20623

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / A. Classical Physics / 2. Thermodynamics / c. Conservation of energy]

Full Idea

The first law of thermodynamics : energy can be changed from one form to another, but is always conserved overall.

Gist of Idea

First Law: energy can change form, but is conserved overall


Frank Close (Theories of Everything [2017], 3 'Perpetual')

Book Reference

Close,Frank: 'Theories of Everything' [Profile Books 2017], p.27

A Reaction

So we have no idea what energy is, but we know it's conserved. (Daniel Bernoulli showed the greater the mean energy, the higher the temperature. James Joule showed the quantitative equivalence of heat and work p.26-7)