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The temperature scales

By Susan Owensby - RFI
The temperature scales
LISTEN JUN 15, 2019

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you'll hear the answer to the question about the Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales. There's interesting information about the ancient Mesopotamian civilization, listener news, great music - and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!

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Welcome to our new RFI Listeners Club member, Dr Thiagasambandam Elampooranan from Chennai, India. 

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This week's quiz: On 11 May, I asked you a question about temperatures. You were to send in the names and nationalities of the scientists who invented the two temperature scales, the Fahrenheit scale and the Celsius scale. I also asked you to send in when the scales were invented, as well as the temperature when the two scales agree, or are equal.

The answers are: For the Fahrenheit scale: Dutch–German-Polish physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit. He came up with his scale in 1724. The Fahrenheit scale was the first standardized temperature scale to be widely used.

For the Celsius scale: Its father is Anders Celsius. Celsius developed a similar temperature scale to the one we use today, in 1742. His scale, however, was the opposite of what we use today: 0 represented the boiling point of water, while 100 represented the freezing point of water. The Celsius scale was reversed in 1744 by Celsius' compatriot, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus.

And what is the common temperature of the two scales? Minus 40.

The winners this week are: RFI Listeners Club members Nasyr Muhammad from Katsina State, Nigeria; Samuel Francis from St Catherine, Jamaica; Mohammad Akhsan from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Zenon Teles, from the Christian – Marxist – Leninist - Maoist Association of Listening DX-ers in Goa, India. Last but not least, Ras Franz Manko Ngogo, the president of the Kemogemba RFI Club in Tarime, Mara, Tanzania.

Congratulations winners!
Here's the music you heard on this week's program: “Che Mali Wali" by Munir Bashir; a traditional 13th century English dance performed by Artefactum; “Warm Camargues” by Frédéric Kooshmanian and Michel Estrade; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  and “Come let me take you to under such a sky” written and sung by Kishore Kumar.

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Susan Owensby
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