Balfour Stewart and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff: Two Independent Approaches to "Kirchhoff's Radiation Law"

@article{Siegel1976BalfourSA,
  title={Balfour Stewart and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff: Two Independent Approaches to "Kirchhoff's Radiation Law"},
  author={D. M. Siegel},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1976},
  volume={67},
  pages={565 - 600}
}
  • D. M. Siegel
  • Published 1976
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • Isis
  • JN MARCH OF 1858 a young Scottish physicist named Balfour Stewart presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh "An Account of some Experiments on Radiant Heat."' In these experiments Stewart had investigated the properties of various materials as absorbers and emitters of radiant heat, or what we now call infrared radiation. As the materials were prepared in the form of thin plates for these experiments, Stewart stated the general law at which he arrived as follows: "The absorption of a plate… CONTINUE READING
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