Energy and Thermal Physics

Bacon’s fatal experiment

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 IOP RESOURCES

A story reported to John Aubery by Thomas Hobbes claims that Francis Bacon died whilst carrying out research on the preservation of food. According to the story, Bacon, on seeing some snow on the ground, got the idea that it could be used to preserve meat, in a similar way to salt. He bought a hen, removed its viscera and stuffed it with snow. It is reported that the exposure caused him to fall ill and he died a few days later.


appears in the relation ΔEΔt>ℏ/2 ΔQ=mcΔθ E=hf E ∝ A^2
has the special case Photon Energy
is used in analyses relating to Emission/Absorption Spectra Phase Change
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