I wrote:

> Count Rumfordd would say on the nightside the Earth is cooled by
> frigorific rays from space, whereby the frigorific rays
> slow the movements of atoms. He had this interesting conception of
> radiation as being capable of either heating or cooling, i.e. accelerating
> or dampening the motion of atoms depending on the ray's 'frequency' and the
> mass of the atoms.
> eg. A ray which cooled atoms would work like a tuned mass damper.


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