Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 763–768 | Cite as

From caloric to stathmograph and polarography

  • J. Šesták
  • J. J. Mareš


Present contribution briefly describes some historical features, which are focused back to the history of the Middle European learning as promoted by the foundation of the Charles University in Prague 1348. Physics and its neighboring areas are mentioned discussing some crucial scientific contributions and stressing out some prominent scholars, such as Tycho de Brahe, Johannes Kepler, Tadeáš Hájek, Marcus Marci, Jan A. Commenius (caloric), Prokop Diviš, Bernard Bolzano, Christian Doppler, Ernst Mach, Albert Einstein, Václav Šimerka, František Záviška, Čeněk Strouhal, Reinhold Fürst or Stanislav Škramovský (statmograph) and Jaroslav Heyrovský (polarography), the latter being already the representative of modern age.


alchemy caloric Charles university Commenius Heyrovsky history of physics Middle Europe Skramovsky 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsAcademy of SciencesPraha 6Czech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Applied SciencesUniversity of West BohemiaPilzenCzech Republic

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