Jean-Antoine Nollet, French physicist

Jean-Antoine Nollet, French physicist

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Caption: Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700-1770) French physicist and churchman, known as Abbe Nollet, demonstrating the effects of static electricity to fashionable ladies and gentlemen. The lady is drawing sparks from the nose of the Abbe's 'charged' assistant who is lying a platform suspended by silken cords. From Essai sur l'Electricite des Corps by Abbe Nollet (Paris, 1765). Engraving.

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