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Image number: RS.17000
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Experiments on the resistance of air to bodies


4 March 1669


Henry Oldenburg (1612-1677, German), Scientific correspondent

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height (page): 292mm
width (page): 191mm



The numbers depict the various vibrations of a plate which was immersed in different liquids with a variety of different weights.

This is copied from JBO/4/037.


The double weight being fastened to the Plate; the vibrations of the whole were after this manner;

It was ordered, that these Experiments should be varyed the next day, by applying the same weight to several Area's, or now they wer tyed by applying severall weights to the same Area.
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Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 4 March 1669, ‘Some more experiments were made, to find what is the resistance of the air to bodies moved through it with several velocities; which was at this time done with several weights fastened to the same area of the thin lattin plate’ (Birch 2:352). The experiment is printed in Birch 2:352-53.

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Henry Oldenburg (1612-1677, German), Scientific correspondent

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