# Meanings of Celsius

By | February 14, 2021

Anders Celsius was a Swedish scientist born in 1701 and died in 1744. A specialist in astronomy and physics, Celsius supervised the development of the Uppsala Observatory and was part of an expedition to the Lapland region to analyze the flattening of the Earth’s poles.

It should also be noted that he was a professor at the University of Uppsala and that he also stood out for publishing, in 1733, a collection of just over 300 observations of the Northern Lights.

An interesting curiosity about Anders Celsius is that there is a lunar crater that responds to the name of Celsius as a tribute to him.

Among the many contributions of Celsius to science, its contribution to the creation of a centigrade scale of temperatures stands out. The Swede proposed a scale that, as the heat increased, indicated a drop in degrees. On the other hand, if the heat was reduced, the degrees increased. Years later, Jean-Pierre Christin and Carlos von Linnaeus took the Celsius precepts but decided to reverse the scale.

Today the Celsius scale is known as one whose 0 is equivalent to 0.01 degrees below the so-called “triple point” (the point where the solid state, the liquid and the gas are in equilibrium) of water. The caloric intensity, at this point, is equal to that of the kelvin.

It can be said that, on the Celsius scale, 0 equals the melting point of frozen water (ice). The 100 degrees Celsius, in turn, equivalent to the point of boiling of the water, always at atmospheric pressure.

It is important to note that degrees Celsius are also called degrees centigrade. This means that 30 degrees Celsius is the same as 30 degrees Celsius.

The symbol for degrees Celsius is ºC. Therefore, it is possible to write “30 degrees Celsius” or “30 degrees Celsius” as “30 ° C”.

In addition to everything indicated, we cannot ignore either that the word in question is also used to designate a literary event. We are referring to Celsius 232, which is the Festival of Terror, Fantasy and Science Fiction that takes place annually in Avilés (Asturias) and which aims to publicize the most relevant novels of the aforementioned genres, both nationally as international.

Book presentations, talks, conferences, street activities and even more academic proposals are those that have a place in the program of this festival, which is open to the public and which takes as its headquarters the Casa de la Cultura de Avilés, located in Plaza Domingo Acebal.

Within this literary event, it should be noted that the Kelvin 505 Awards are awarded, with which works such as “The three deaths of Fermín Salvochea”, by Jesús Cañadas; “The Fifth Station”, by NK Jemisin; “The Tree of Lies”, by Frances Hardinge and “The Second Revolution” by Costa Alcalá.

In the same way, it should be noted that this festival pays a special tribute to the figure of the writer Mary Shelley, creator of “Frankestein”.