ERIC Number: EJ1030526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
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Reference Count: 12
History of Physical Terms: "Pressure"
Physics Education, v48 n4 p484-490 Jul 2013
Scientific terms drawn from common language are often charged with suggestions that may even be inconsistent with their restricted scientific meaning, thus posing didactic problems. The (non-linear) historical journey of the word "pressure" is illustrated here through original quotations from Stevinus, Torricelli, Pascal, Boyle, Magalotti, Bernoulli and Dalton, in an attempt to follow the shift from the idea of a force to the modern understanding of the term as a state variable. The latter appears to have prevailed as a consequence of technological advances of the industrial revolution (Watt's steam engine and indicator diagram) in their 19th century re-elaboration.
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Definitions, Vocabulary, Intellectual History, Science Education History, Physics, Thermodynamics, Contrastive Linguistics, Influence of Technology
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