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Electricity in the 17th and 18th centuries : a study of early Modern physics

Author: J L Heilbron
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1979.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J L Heilbron
ISBN: 0520034783 9780520034785
OCLC Number: 5451580
Description: xiv, 606 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. I. Early modern physics and its cultivators. Physical principles --
The physicists --
pt. II. Electricity in the seventeenth century. William Gilbert and the amber effect --
The Jesuit school --
Testing the air theory --
Immaterialists --
The Cartesians --
pt. III. The great discoveries. Hauksbee and Gray --
Dufay --
Electricity beyond the Rhine --
Electricity in France after Dufay --
Electricity in England after Gray --
pt. IV. The age of Franklin. The invention of the condenser --
Benjamin Franklin --
The reception of Franklin's views in Europe --
The atmospheres attacked --
pt. V. Quantification. The atmospheres destroyed --
Two fluids or one? --
Quantifiable concepts --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: J.L. Heilbron.

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