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Re: Where can I find an extremely precise thermometer for research purposes?

Date: Wed Aug 22 14:33:50 2001
Posted By: John Balbach, Physicist
Area of science: Physics
ID: 997283887.Ph

Probably the easiest and cheapest method would be to purchase a digital thermometer, which will generally read out to the tenth of a degree. You should be able to find one at any pharmacy for about twelve bucks.

I would be wary of any study which required a more precise body temperature measurement than one-tenth of a degree. Such a degree of precision in something as inconstant as body temperature will have little meaning.

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