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Excerpt from HeatThis work originated in an article which I contributed in 1876 to the Handbook to the Loan Collection of Scientific Apparatus (at South Kensington). As that article was based upon the system of teaching the subject of Heat which,MoreExcerpt from HeatThis work originated in an article which I contributed in 1876 to the Handbook to the Loan Collection of Scientific Apparatus (at South Kensington). As that article was based upon the system of teaching the subject of Heat which, after many years experience, I have found best adapted to the wants of intelligent students taking up the subject for the first time, Mr. Macmillan asked me to develop it in the form of an elementary treatise. In 1876 - 7 a large portion of the work was written- the greater part of which was put in type, and had the advantage of Clerk-Maxwells valuable criticism. Some of the earlier chapters were utilised when I had to give at short notice an evening discourse at the British Association Meeting in 1876.Pressing work of a very different character, such as the examination of the Challenger Thermometers, interfered from time to time with my writing by occupying most of my leisure. I have at last managed to finish the book, as nearly as possible on the lines laid down at starting- but it cannot, under the circumstances, be expected to have the unity which it might have secured by being continuously written.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.