Who was Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis and what did he discover?

Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792-1843) was a French scientist who not only discovered the Coriolis force that bears his name, but also introduced the concepts of “work” and “kinetic energy” to physics.

He also tried to popularize a new word he coined, “dynamode,” which he defined as 1,000 kilogram-meters of work (in other words, the amount of energy required to move one kilogram a thousand meters, or a thousand kilograms one meter).

But the term died a quick and merciful death.

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