Thermal Physics

Temperature and Its Measurement

What is the Fahrenheit temperature scale?

Temperature scales are artificial in the sense that they are related to temperatures important to humans. The German physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit developed the first well-known temperature scale in 1714. Equipped with the first mercury thermometer, Fahrenheit defined a scale in which the freezing point of water was 32°F and the boiling point was 212°F.


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