Mathematical and Physical Papers Volume 6

Mathematical and Physical Papers Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... equal to 015 electrostatic unit, gave a deflection of 300 scale divisions. Hence in the experiments with the Bunsen flame and with a potential of--94 volts kept on the uninsulated copper plate, the current to the insulated copper plate opposite to it, when 300 scale divisions was reached in five seconds, was--309 x i = 10-ii ampere = jJL-mikro-ampere. 5. One of us about the year 1865, when occupied in experimenting with the latest form of portable electrometer, found that if it was held with the top of its insulated wire (which was about 33 centimetres long) a few inches below a gas-burner, a charge of electricity, whether positive or negative, given to this wire was very rapidly lost. The disinsulating power of flames and of hot fumes from flames was well known at that time, but it was surprising to find that cold air flowing up towards the flame did somehow acquire the property of carrying away electricity from a piece of electrified metal immersed in the cold air. Circumstances prevented further observations on this very interesting result at that time, but the experiment was repeated with a portable electrometer in December of 1896, and we were made quite sure of the result by searching tests. During April and May of the present year observations were again made by means of (1) a multicellular electrometer reading up to 240 volts, and (2) a vertical electrostatic voltmeter (fig. 3, below) reading up to 12,000 volts. A pointed steel wire 43 centimetres long was fixed to the insulated terminal of the multicellular electrometer, with its point vertically below an ordinary gas-burner, as shown in fig. 2. Fig. 2. We have recently (June 1897) found the following statement, in Worthington's communication to the British Association (1889, Report, more

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  • English
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