By Stanley Goldberg
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For them the revolutionary new steam engines were essentially vapor pressure engines, driven by steam pressure in the same way that all hydraulic engines were driven by water pressure. In short, the steam engineer had much more in common with the hydraulic engineer than he had with the chemist or doctor. 2 I mention the engineers and the steam engine because the period I am concerned with was one that witnessed intense industrialization. In the van of the industrial revolution were the twin English towns of Manchester and Salford.
I doubt if the work was onerous, for young Joule was able to carry out his early scientific work there before his father built him a laboratory at home. This looks like a rather indulged childhood and adolescence. But considering Joule's social status I doubt if it was untypical. As the family increased in wealth and security, so the sons gave up the dissenting church of their fathers —Dr. Roby's Independent Chapel — and joined the Church of England, the established church; 6 a transition that was fairly common among those rising in the world.
11 We have forgotten the existence of this strange force and no longer realize that it remains buried in our 32 RICHARD S. WESTFALL concept of mass. Hence we avoid the paradox it contains, the paradox of a force latent in matter which manifests itself solely when external forces attempt to alter a body's state of rest. Newton embodied the paradox in another phrase we have also forgotten, vis inertiae, which we might translate freely as the activity of inactivity. The second major development that belonged to the period of De motu concerned the nature of the attraction it employed.
Albert Einstein and the creative act : the case of special relativity by Stanley Goldberg