James Prescott Joule

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Noun1.James Prescott Joule - English physicist who established the mechanical theory of heat and discovered the first law of thermodynamics (1818-1889)
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"Train tracks along the harness leading to a steam train will also incorporate the letter J for James Prescott Joule who discovered the first law in thermodynamics," according to the documents going before Salford council's planning panel.
Named in honour of the English physicist James Prescott Joule, it equals 107 ergs, or approximately 0.7377 footpounds.
In this three-volume set aimed at high school, undergraduate, and general readers, Spradley (Wheaton College) assembles about 350 biographies of scientists in various fields, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, math, physics, and related disciplines, arranged in alphabetical order by scientist, from Aristotle, to James Prescott Joule, to Erwin Schrodinger, to Fritz Zwicky.