Mayer, Julius Robert von (18141878)

Mayer, Julius Robert von, German physicist, born in Heilbronn; made a special study of the phenomena of heat, established the numerical relation between heat and work, and propounded the theory of the production and maintenance of the sun's temperature; he had a controversy as to the priority of his discoveries with Joule, who claimed to have anticipated them (18141878).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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