Static electricity, 18th century

Static electricity, 18th century

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Caption: Static electricity. 18th-century journal page illustrating static electricity experiments carried out by the English physicist John Canton (1718-1772). At bottom, a polished glass tube with holes, rubbed with oiled silk, is producing bursts of static electricity. At top, static electricity from storm clouds is being detected by a pair of cork balls on strings combined with excited amber or sealing wax. This page is from volume 48 (1753-4) of the journal 'Philosophical Transactions', published by the Royal Society of London. Canton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1750.

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