25 Dec '13, 11am

Building Science: What Is Heat?

Building Science: What Is Heat?

While you slept last night, Santa Claus was putting his knowledge of physics to work. No, not with that silly anti-gravity stuff. Everyone knows the whole reindeer thing is just a cover for the way he really gets to all those houses in just one night. He uses one of the original Time Turners . In fact, Professor McGonagall got her first Time Turner from Santa himself. No, the physics of Santa’s job is dealing with all those fireplaces and the fires that he encounters in so many of them. It’s understanding heat that saves his hide — and all those presents! Back in grad school, I was taking a class in surface physics, and my friend Steve asked, "What is temperature?" On first hearing that question, you might think it's so obvious that it doesn't even bear asking, and anyone who does give voice to it must be an idiot. But have you really thought about it? Perhaps the most imp...

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