Wind theory experiment, 1729 artwork

Wind theory experiment, 1729 artwork

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Caption: Wind theory experiment. This artwork is from A Theory of the Winds (1729) by Bernard Annely. Although little is known of the author, this book resulted from a paper that was read to the Royal Society of London, the leading scientific institution of the day. The book and paper were one of several attempts in the early 18th century to explain the origin of the winds in terms of natural laws instead of the workings of God. Theories about what caused or influenced winds included solar heating, atmospheric pressure, and elemental vapours. Here, the experiment is studying the effects of heat (fire at bottom) on the air in this apparatus.

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