11 Trending Words of 2014
Stokes (stōks), William. 1804-1878.
British physicain. Known especially for his studies of diseases of the chest and heart, he expanded on the observations of John Cheyne in describing the breathing irregularity now known as Cheyne-Stokes respiration.
|Stokes, Sir George Gabriel 1819-1903. |
Irish mathematician and physicist who investigated the wave theory of light and described the phenomena of diffraction (1849) and fluorescence (1852) and the nature of x-rays. He also investigated fluid dynamics, developing the modern theory of motion of viscous fluids. A unit of kinematic viscosity is named for him.
The unit of kinematic viscosity in the centimeter-gram-second system, measured in square centimeters per second. See more at viscosity.