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Centigrade Collection

Centigrade, also known as Celsius, is a widely used temperature scale that has various applications in our daily lives

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Household thermometer

Household thermometer, with both Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. The reading of 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) is normal room temperature

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Alcohol thermometer

Alcohol thermometer reading 25 degrees Celsius. When heated the dyed liquid expands and rises up the tube. The tube is calibrated to display an accurate temperature depending on the location of

Background imageCentigrade Collection: setting the central heating thermostat at a cooler temperature to save energy

setting the central heating thermostat at a cooler temperature to save energy
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Background imageCentigrade Collection: Table of weights and measures, mid 19th century (colour engraving)

Table of weights and measures, mid 19th century (colour engraving)
CHT164289 Table of weights and measures, mid 19th century (colour engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Barometer and thermometer C014 / 1239

Barometer and thermometer C014 / 1239
Barometer and thermometer. Aneroid barometer (bottom) and thermometer (top) encased in wood. The thermometer scale is in Fahrenheit and Centigrade, with the values for freezing and blood heat marked

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Medical thermometer, artwork

Medical thermometer, artwork
Medical thermometer, computer artwork. This thermometer uses the thermal expansion of mercury (silver liquid) to measure body temperature

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Thermometer

Thermometer. Glass bulb of a thermometer for measuring air temperature

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Outside temperature thermometer, Crete

Outside temperature thermometer, Crete
Outside temperature thermometer, showing a reading of 45 degrees Celsius. An arid landscape is seen behind it. Photographed in Crete in 2007

Background imageCentigrade Collection: High temperature

High temperature. Close-up of a glass thermometer reading 44.5 degrees Celsius (112 degrees Fahrenheit)

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Thermometer showing 30 degrees celsius, interior of Palm House, Kew Gardens

Thermometer showing 30 degrees celsius, interior of Palm House, Kew Gardens, London, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageCentigrade Collection: Russia / 1936 / Prisoners

Russia / 1936 / Prisoners
Political prisoners are confined in brightly lit cells in temperatures of 40 degrees centigrade, and given salt water to drink, so they are driven mad

Background imageCentigrade Collection: CELSIUS (1701 - 1744)

CELSIUS (1701 - 1744)
ANDERS CELSIUS Swedish astronomer, gave his name to centigrade temperature scale


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Centigrade, also known as Celsius, is a widely used temperature scale that has various applications in our daily lives. One of the most common uses is in household thermometers. These thermometers help us monitor and maintain the temperature inside our homes, ensuring comfort and well-being. Another type of thermometer that utilizes centigrade is an alcohol thermometer. This device measures temperature using the expansion and contraction of alcohol within a glass tube, and is commonly used in laboratories and medical settings due to its accuracy. To save energy, many people set their central heating thermostat at a cooler temperature during winter months. By adjusting it to a lower setting on the centigrade scale, they can reduce energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable indoor environment. In historical contexts, we find fascinating artifacts like tables of weights and measures from the mid-19th century depicted through color engravings. These tables often included conversions between different units of measurement, including degrees on the centigrade scale. Barometer and thermometer combinations are another interesting application measurements. Devices such as C014/1239 offer both barometric pressure readings and temperature measurements simultaneously for weather forecasting purposes. In medicine, doctors rely on medical thermometers to assess patients' body temperatures accurately. Artwork depicting these instruments showcases their importance in diagnosing illnesses or monitoring health conditions with precise readings on the centigrade scale. With technological advancements came digital thermometers which provide quick results with high precision by displaying temperatures digitally in degrees Celsius (centigrades). They have become popular due to their ease-of-use and reliability compared to traditional mercury-based alternatives. Beyond indoor use cases, outdoor thermometers are essential for monitoring outside temperatures accurately. For instance, an outside temperature thermometer captured in Crete allows residents or tourists alike to gauge how hot or cold it may be before stepping out into nature's elements. It also plays a crucial role when measuring high temperatures.