image MS_776_404
Image number: RS.17386
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Glass quart bottle used in an experiment to condense air


18 March 1663


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


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A common quart bottle sunk underwater in an experiment to condense air. This was one of a series of experiments conducted by William Brouncker, Robert Moray and Alexander Bruce on the river in Chatham in March 1663, and reported to the Royal Society on 18 March 1663.

This image is copied from RBO/2i/210. Another copy can be found at MS/215/088.

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 18 March 1663, ‘The lord viscount Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray, and Mr. Bruce brought in an account of the observations and experiments, which they had lately made upon the river of Chatham; and his lordship promised to add to them some notes of this own. The paper was ordered to be registered’ (Birch 1:208).

Related Fellows

William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker of Lyons (1620-1684, British), Mathematician
Robert Moray (1608-1673, British), Natural philosopher
Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural philosopher

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