Abbe Nollet's electric machine

Abbe Nollet's electric machine

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Caption: Frictional electrical machine with a glass globe. The glass globe is held between two wooden uprights to enable it to be easily replaced in the event of damage. A large spoked pulley wheel drives the globe enabling it to be rotated rapidly. It has a large handle on each side so that it can be turned by two men thus allowing lengthy experiments. Jean-Antoine Nollet was a French experimental physicist and clergyman. In 1740 he was admitted to the Paris Academy of Science. Later he became the first professor of eperimental physics at the University of Paris. He invented the electrometer and developed a theory of electrical attraction and repulsion that supposed the existence of a continuous flow of electrical matter between charged bodies

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Keywords: 18th century, abbe nollet, electric machine, france, french, frictional electricity 18th century, glass globe, globe, history of electricity, history of technology, ovoid, technology

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