Thursday, June 09, 2011

Salford University Buys Joule House

Another historically significant building is now in the news. Joule house, where James Joule conducted his experiment, is now a property of Salford University. Presumably, it will at least be in safer hands for preservation.

The university said James Joule lived at the property from 1819 to 1854 and, through his experiments conducted in the basement of the building late at night, established the "mechanical equivalent of heat". The international unit of energy, the joule, was named after him.

Come to think of it, I don't think I am aware of anything about Joule. My knowledge of his life and times is non-existent.


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