The Fahrenheit scale, denoted by letter F, is a non-metric temperature scale, developed in early 18th century by a German physicist, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686-1736). On this scale, the normal freezing point (or ice point) of water is at 32 oF, and normal boiling point (or steam point) of water is at 212 oF. Originally, Fahrenheit chose 0oF for the coldest temperature he could made in his lab (by mixing ice and salt water) and 96oF a “convenient number with many factors for subdivision” for human body temperature (Tipler 565).
The Celsius scale, denoted by letter C, is a metric temperature scale, developed in 1742 by a Swedish astr...
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