Energy - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics

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Science of Energy

In modern science, the term energy has become a precise technical concept with such distinctions as kinetic (energy related to the motion of a body) and potential (stored energy of position). Other important distinctions pertain to the different forms of energy, including thermal, mechanical, electrical, chemical, radiant, and nuclear.

The history of the modern science of energy reveals that developing a precise technical concept of energy is a convoluted process, one that raises controversial tensions between constructivist and realist interpretations of scientific knowledge (Crease 2004). To what extent did the phenomenon of energy precede the development of the concept itself? And to what extent do the cultural and technological contexts in which energy came to be represented actually shape that natural phenomenon in terms of intersubjective agreement? The modern concept of energy arose through both purely ahistorical theories and a changing social context, marked especially by the...

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