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The Mechanical Universe by Tom M. Apostol, Richard P. Olenick, Steven C. Frautschi

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CHAPTER 19TEMPERATURE AND THE GAS LAWS

    There are however innumerable other local motions which on account of the minuteness of the moving particles cannot be detected, such as the motions of the particles in hot bodies, in fermenting bodies, in putrescent bodies, in growing bodies, in the organs of sensation and so forth. If any one shall have the good fortune to discover all these, I might almost say that he will have laid bare the whole nature of bodies so far as the mechanical causes of things are concerned.

    Isaac Newton, in Unpublished Papers of Isaac Newton

19.1 TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE

Everybody talks about the weather, and that usually means the temperature, an inescapable part of our environment. Yet Newton’s laws of mechanics ...

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