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Title page of Guerickes Expt.a de vacuo spatio Featured Otto von Guericke Print

Title page of Guerickes Expt.a de vacuo spatio

Title page of Experimenta de Vacuo Spatio by Otto von Guericke, published at Amsterdam in 1672. Guericke (1602-1686) invented the air pump, and was the first to create and study the vacuum. At top right is a model of the famous Magdeburg sphere. This was made from two large hemispheres of metal. When joined together and an internal vacuum created, the hemispheres could not be pulled apart by two teams of eight horses - thus demonstrating the strength of a vacuum

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Guericke experimenting with electricity Featured Otto von Guericke Print

Guericke experimenting with electricity

Otto von Guericke (1602-1686), German physicist, operating the first static electricity generator. His generator consisted of a large ball of sulphur (yellow). When the ball was rotated and a pad rubbed against it, sparks were observed. This device was constructed in 1663. In the background (upper right) is a vacuum sphere. In an experiment unrelated to his work on electrostatics, von Guericke designed two brass hemispheres and evacuated the air from them. The hemispheres, which were held together only by external air pressure, then held a large amount of weights (seen below the hemispheres). Illustration from Physique Populaire (1891), by E. Desbeaux

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