image MS_776_369
Image number: RS.17383
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Diagram explaining the raising of a weight by inflating a bladder

Date

4 March 1663

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p369

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 320mm
width (page): 200mm

Subject

Physics
   > Mechanics

Description

The diagram is one of a series of figures (fols 363-70) in John Wallis's explanation of the raising of a weight by inflating a bladder. In this diagram, Wallis modifies the previous diagram of an inflating bladder, now making MNOP a rhombus in order to make the calculations more consistent. Wallis read his paper at the meeting of the Royal Society on 4 March 1663.

These figured are copied from the series in RBO/2i/168-75.

This volume is another copy of entries of the first two volumes of the Register Book. It was given to Sir Joseph Banks by G. S. Heales Esquire of Doctor's Common on 31 May 1814.

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 4 March 1663, ‘Dr. Wallis brought in his account of the experiment, wherein a weight is raised by the blowing of a bladder; demonstrating it by the principles of statics applied to the particular case; and it was ordered to be registered’ (Birch 1:206).

Related Fellows

John Wallis (1616-1703, British), Mathematician

Associated place

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