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who was the “nabob” Truesdell thinking of?

In his "Rational Thermodynamics" 1983, 2nd ed., on page 55, Truesdell writes The axiomatization of Caratheodory has left a baneful legacy: Born's endorsement, which for a long time promoted in ...
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Query 31 in Newton's opticks and the second law of thermodynamics

Query 31 in Newton's opticks contains the following words: "But by reason of the Tenacity of Fluids, and Attrition of their Parts, and the Weakness of Elasticity in Solids, Motion is much more apt to ...
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Non-dte differential element

I have come to talk about the notation $\delta W$ or d with a bar W for the work in Thermodynamics. Few years ago, one of my teachers told me about the d with a bar notation. Few years later, I ...
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How did crude oil pipelines work before WW2?

Before World War Two, how did pipelines work for crude oil? What kind of metal or plastic were they made out of? What kind of sensors and monitoring did they need? Did they have "pigs" that travel up ...