A Note on Fourier and the Greenhouse Effect
Preprint
English
OPEN
Postma, Joseph E.
(2015)

Subject:
Physics  History and Philosophy of Physics  Physics  Popular Physics
Joseph Fourier's discovery of the greenhouse effect is discussed and is compared to the modern conception of the greenhouse effect. It is confirmed that what Fourier discovered is analogous to the modern concept of the greenhouse effect. However, the modern concept of the greenhouse effect is found to be based on a paradoxical analogy to Fourier's greenhouse work and so either Fourier's greenhouse work, the modern conception of the greenhouse effect, or the modern definition of heat is incorrect. The solution to this problem is not feigned to be given here.