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Wheel-barometer, mock suns and rainbow




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The Royal Society, Publisher


Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural philosopher

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width (paper): 214mm
height (paper): 200mm


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Four figures to issue 13 of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, including a wheel-barometer and meteorological phenomenon.

Fig I. Diagram of Robert Hooke’s design for a simple wheel-barometer, showing a large tube filled with quicksilver and smaller vessel of stagnant mercury attached to a dial with a single hand.

Three meteorological figures including, Fig.II Diagram of parhelia, showing four mock-suns, the atmospheric phenomenon, observed in France on 9 April 1666. Fig.III Diagram of parhelia, showing five mock-suns that appeared in Rome on 29 March 1629, copied from Des-Cartes’s Meteors, cap. X. Fig.IV Diagram of an unusual rainbow, showing a second fainter arc crossing it, observed near the river of Chartres, France.

Fig I. Illustration to A new contrivance of wheel-barometer, much more easy to be prepared, than that, which is described in the Micrography; imparted by the author of that book (Robert Hooke), published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.1, issue 13 (4 June 1666) pp. 218-219. Read at the meeting of the Royal Society on 7 October 1663, Journal Book Original JBO/1/151. The original paper can be found in the Classified papers of the Royal Society CLP/21/32 and recorded in the Register Book of the Royal Society RBO/3/1 and again in the Register Book Copy RBC/2/39. A more detailed drawing of Hooke’s design for a wheel barometer is illustrated in Micrographia (1665) scheme I, fig.1.

Fig II-IV Illustrations to An account of four suns, which very lately appear'd in France, and of two raine-bows, unusually posited, seen in the same kingdom, somewhat longer agoe, published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 1, issue 13 (4 June 1666) pp. 219-222.

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Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural philosopher

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