Talk:Age of the Earth

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Early Calculations[edit]

Hi,

In the early calculations Lord Kelvin is referred to, however, later he is referred to as Thomson (attack on Thomsons calculations), which is confusing. Not everyone knows that Lord Kelvin is also William Thomson. I would suggest just adding his name in parenthesis after the first mention as Lord Kelvin. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 83.89.49.172 (talk) 06:27, 27 July 2016 (UTC)  Done Thank you. Isambard Kingdom (talk) 12:51, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

I made a minor edit so that the link in question was unaliased. The generally correct protocol, though, would be to use Kelvin in the article and not Thomson: in the UK, titled aristocrats whose family name is different from their title name are known by their title. That is why we speak of the Kelvin scale and not the Thomson scale. TechBear | Talk | Contributions 19:52, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, TechBear, before I made my edit, I had a look at the article: William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin and found that it mostly refers to "Thomson". Should that article be fixed to say "Kelvin"? Isambard Kingdom (talk) 21:44, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
I looked at a number of other articles about British peers, and most of them use the person's family name rather than title. So I don't think there is any need to change Thomson to Kelvin. TechBear | Talk | Contributions 00:30, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

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