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A New Newton's Law of Cooling?

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Science  22 Dec 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4067, pp. 1283-1285
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4067.1283

Abstract

Several physiologists confuse Fourier's law of animal heat flow with Newton's law of cooling. A critique of this error in 1932 remained ineffective. In 1969 Molnar tested Newton's cooling law. In 1971 Strunk found Newtonian cooling unrealistic for animals. Unfortunately, he called the Fourier formulation of animal heat flow, requiring post-Newtonian observations, a "contemporary Newtonian law of cooling."