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1627 – Boyle – bio

Robert Boyle was born in 1627 in Ireland and was known primarily as a chemist and his formulation that is called, “Boyle’s Law”. This describes the inverse relationship between the pressure and the volume of a gas. Boyle discovered that sound does not travel in the absence of air but that light does. His work […]

1844 – Boltzmann – bio

Ludwig Boltzmann was born in 1844 in Vienna, Austria and was a physicist and mathematician. He is considered to be the “father” of statistical mechanics for his work on the statistical nature of gases. Maxwell and Gibbs also contributed to this area independently. When most other scientists thought that atoms were only statistical theoretical constructs, […]

1776 – Avogadro – bio

Amedeo Avogadro was born in 1776 in Turin, Italy and is mostly known for discovering a relationship between mass and volume of gases that is now known as “Avogadro’s Law”. This law states that equal volumes of two different gases, at equal temperature and pressure, contain an equal number of molecules. It follows that the […]

1662 – Boyle’s law

Boyle’s law describes the inverse relationship between pressure and volume in gases. In a closed system if temperature stays constant and either pressure or volume increases, the other (pressure or volume) will decrease proportionally. PRECURSOR: barometer SUCCESSOR: Robert Hooke ideal gas law