Lazare and Sadi Carnot

A Scientific and Filial Relationship

  • Charles Coulston Gillispie
  • Raffaele Pisano

Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 1-13
  3. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 15-45
  4. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 47-86
  5. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 87-105
  6. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 107-131
  7. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 133-189
  8. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 191-225
  9. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 227-256
  10. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 257-291
  11. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 293-335
  12. Charles Coulston Gillispie, Raffaele Pisano
    Pages 337-411
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 413-490

About this book

Introduction

Lazare Carnot was the unique example in the history of science of someone who inadvertently owed the scientific recognition he eventually achieved to earlier political prominence. He and his son Sadi produced work that derived from their training as engineers and went largely unnoticed by physicists for a generation or more, even though their respective work introduced concepts that proved fundamental when taken up later by other hands. There was, moreover, a filial as well as substantive relation between the work of father and son. Sadi applied to the functioning of heat engines the analysis that his father had developed in his study of the operation of ordinary machines. Specifically, Sadi's idea of a reversible process originated in the use his father made of geometric motions in the analysis of machines in general.

This unique book shows how the two Carnots influenced each other in their work in the fields of mechanics and thermodynamics, and how future generations of scientists have further benefited from their work.

Keywords

Calculus Carnot Heat Machines Mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles Coulston Gillispie
    • 1
  • Raffaele Pisano
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.SCitéUniversity of Lille 1LilleFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8011-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8010-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8011-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-3442
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-3426
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