Vortex theory

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1.(Chem. & Physics) The theory, advanced by Thomson (Lord Kelvin) on the basis of investigation by Helmholtz, that the atoms are vortically moving ring-shaped masses (or masses of other forms having a similar internal motion) of a homogeneous, incompressible, frictionless fluid. Various properties of such atoms (vortex atoms) can be mathematically deduced. This theory is now (1998) obsolete, and has been superseded by quantum mechanics, which provides more accurate and detailed explanations of atomic behavior.
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In the nineteenth century, a conjecture called the vortex theory of the atom became extremely popular in England and America.
In the United States, Albert Michelson considered vortex theory so "grand" that "it ought to be true even if it is not.
In 1858 Helmholtz published an article "Uber Wirbelbewegungen" ["On Vortex Motion"] (3-37), "that epoch-making paper on Vortex theory, which may be said to have initiated modern hydrodynamics," as one excited reader, British physicist Oliver Lodge, wrote in 1925 (Bell 161).
In its ambitions, the vortex theory of the atom easily matched the powerful claim of the British Empire to know and govern its colonial possessions, just as it was later to be matched by Ezra Pound's ambitious art theory and its claim to represent the totality of art, past and present.
Popular interest in the sciences ran high in the nineteenth century, and vortex theory was soon picked up by popularizers of scientific knowledge.
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