• Tuesday , 13 November 2018

Who Invented the Fahrenheit and Celsius Temperature Scales?

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Firmly entrenched in American society, the seemingly capricious nature of the Fahrenheit temperature scale could lead one to think that its Dutch inventor, Daniel Fahrenheit, pulled the number for the freezing point (32°F) of water out of his hat. But, in fact, its designation, as well as that of 0°F were precisely (for the early 18th century) calculated based upon deliberate choices about how to establish fixed points of temperature.

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Celsius
http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ca-Ch/Celsius-Anders.html
http://www.livescience.com/25959-atoms-colder-than-absolute-zero.html
http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/carolus-linnaeus-classification-taxonomy-contributions-to-biology.html#lesson
http://www.sizes.com/units/temperature_Fahrenheit.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Gabriel_Fahrenheit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin
http://www.linnaeus.uu.se/online/life/6_32.html
http://dwb4.unl.edu/Chem/CHEM869M/CHEM869MLinks/www.santesson.com/engtemp.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%B8mer_scale
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http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae64.cfm?CFID=21412834&CFTOKEN=55577927
http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/solutions/faq/zero-fahrenheit.shtml

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33 Comments

  1. Today I Found Out
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Ready to watch another fascinating fact video? Then check out this video and find out about Bathing with a Friend, the Extreme Drought of 1976:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4_U4HNqdEA

  2. elPichirri
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Beautiful day outside a nice 293 Kelvin

  3. 2dahawk
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Hello,
    I invented a new tempature scale that I believe is far superior for weather and medical applications. How do I tell the world?

  4. rapg abraham
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    thank you i now understand it much appreciated

  5. Stanton Taylor
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Either works well. It's whatever you're used to. I think Fahrenheit is better. It's more detailed. The numbers are a little odd compared to Celsius for sure.

  6. Clunk
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    How about a video on why there are 360 degrees in a circle?

  7. David Rincon
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    What about kelvin?

  8. lasentinal
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Degrees Celsius is not an SI unit. Zero degrees Kelvin is -273.15 Degrees Celsius. To do calculations in Engineering, Physics and other branches of science, you have to convert from Degrees Celsius to Degrees Kelvin. This is easily done by simply adding 273.15 to Degrees Celsius to obtain Degrees Kelvin, which then can be used in calculations. 273.15 Degrees Kelvin is 0 Degrees Celsius and 373.15 Degrees Kelvin is 100 Degrees Celsius.

  9. Knightime X
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Celsius is just a lesser version of it's superior brother Fahrenheit who's far more accurate.
    I mean seriously, 100 degrees for freezing and 0 for boiling? lulz

  10. promontorium
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    1. Celcius is not a part of the metric system.
    2. Farenheit is just as base 10 as Celcius is.
    3. Farenheit's 0-100 more closely represents the daily temperature on Earth. Whereas it's routinely below 0C and never 100C.

  11. primoroy
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Metric vs English?
    Americans won because no one wanted a metric clock (10 hour days), or metric calendar (10 day weeks, 10 week months, and 10 month years)! 🤣

  12. tacicana
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    It would help if next time you slow down when you speak.

  13. Gae Shows
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Chinese airlines still use centigrade

  14. Paul Cooper
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    I prefer the metric system except for every day temperatures.
    The C scale is too compressed.

  15. Michael King
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Fahrenheit is better:
    -fewer negatives
    -1 4/5x precision
    -more practical in daily use

  16. Michael King
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    2:00 and that's why Fahrenheit and imperial are superior to hydrodecimal system

  17. Maia Carhart
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Where do last names go? Why are so many cool or strange surnames practically unheard now?

  18. JamesGTRS 3
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    This makes about as much sense as being drunk and rolling dice.

  19. IIGrayfoxII
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    So he had to multiply by 4, but went fuck it, i will change the rules here and there.
    #Logical

  20. brooza664
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    I wondered what happened to centigrade

  21. J S
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    You should do a video on what it would take for the USA to convert to the metric system, detailing the myriad ways the country, education system, and industries would have to adjust

  22. Mark Grant
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Celsius is stupid Fahrenheit is awesome

  23. Michael Wade
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    6 doesn't divide evenly into 64. 16 does, and would be able to be marked by simply dividing the distance between points in half.

  24. James J. Koumos
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Even though I live in the States, I like to use Celsius. Although I'm sure I would get a lot of strange looks from my friends if I said, "It's going to be 28 degrees today." "How nice." "I think I'll go to the beach!"

  25. Virginia Hansen
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    The Celsius users are all "Celsius is better"! The Fahrenheit users are all "Fahrenheit is better"! But the reality is that it's all arbitrary anyway. Pegging 0 to freezing water and 100 to boiling water is as arbitrary as the way the Fahrenheit model does it. They both have some advantages and downsides. Unlike the metric debate, this one doesn't have a clear winner.

  26. Peter
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    DD/MM/YYYY or YYYY/MM/DD
    Why MM/DD/YYYY

    Also what you call a Billion is a Milliard.

  27. Peter
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Celcius FTW
    Be gone Freedom Units

  28. zwerko
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    A general rule of thumb: If a unit is defined as something not necessarily consistent and repeatable in all measurements, the unit sucks. Human body temperature (length of a foot, size of a barley corn…) varies wildly and that has been known even in the Fahrenheit's days so why did he go with that stupidity beggars reason. Besides, a degree Fahrenheit today is defined using units of Kelvin, pretty much like the whole Imperial scale, so further discussion of what's superior is pointless.

  29. Eddie R
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Shout out all my Fahrenheit boyz

  30. Amy
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    My normal body temperature is 97 F. If I get up to 98.6 F, I start to hallucinate from fever. It sucks because they never believe that I'm as sick as I am at the hospital, even though they know damn well that a person's body temperature can vary and even when I tell them that mine is normally 97.

  31. Blue Star
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    Why are trampolines fun to bounce on?

  32. iSirAnonymous
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    C° > F°

  33. Jamal Taylor
    August 17, 2018 at 20:10

    UGH. VHS rental tapes. Those things were never recorded with the same tracking settings the VCRs were. Always had to fiddle with the tracking until it stabilized, then when you went to watch a regular tape, adjust it back.
    You kids and your streaming everything. All you dread is 'BUFFERING," never knowing the horrible sound of a VCR starting to eat a crappy tape, or that line of static that moves up the screen.
    The color shift usually meant it was bootleg, or recorded over the air from a UHF channel.

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