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I was reading a textbook --not one currently used in my thermo course -- and I was surprised to read that the concept of work (Fxd) did not exist until 1826 when "..it was introduced by the French mathematician J. V. Ponceletat at the suggestion of G. G. Coriolis..." I am told that the textbook: Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics by J. M. Smith and H. C. Van Ness is highly regarded. I know James Watt was using PV (indicator diagrams) graphs/charts around 1800 to evaluate steam engines. This seems to conflict with the 1826 date... unless Watt was unaware of what he was actually measuring.
Re: Who originated the concept of work being force times distance?
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