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How hot is that?


Speaker: Professor Emeritus Alan Davies, University of Hertfordshire

We are all familiar with feeling ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ and heat is a constant in human life. However, attempts to quantify it have been fraught with difficulty. The temperature of a body is a measure of its heat content and in this talk, we shall discuss the variety of instruments and scales designed to record it. We shall answer questions such as “what is the lowest temperature ever measured?” and “which scale has water boiling at 80 degrees?”.

About the speaker

Alan Davies is Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, at the University of Hertfordshire where he was Head of Department until his retirement. Since then he has spent most of his time working with school pupils and presenting mathematics and science to general audiences of all ages.

Part of the IOP London and South East (LSE) region autumn/winter 2023/24 Physics Talks Series.

Refreshments will be available from 6pm.

Parking is free around the Lindop Building after 6pm.

The lecture is free and open to all but registration is required. Please contact the organiser to register your interest.