Youth's Magazine,  3rd ser. 2 (1829), 65–66.

Ice and Water



Letter, Rejoinder


Physics, Heat, Instruments, Natural Law, Design, Natural Economy

    Responds to an earlier (February 1827) article in the magazine concerning the thermometer, in which passing mention was made of the general, though not universal law in nature 'that heat expands bodies, and cold contracts them'. Describes, in a lengthy quotation from the third edition of Neil Arnott's Elements of Physics, the anomalous expansion of water in freezing. The quotation identifies this as an 'important exception [...] to a general law of nature' designed to accomplish a specific purpose (66).

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