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Illustration from Franklin's Experiments
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'Experiments and Observations on Electricity', by Benjamin Franklin, Paris, circa 1752, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Illustration from Benjamin Franklin's 'Experiments and Observations on Electricity,' Paris circa 1752 (AIP rare books Collection). [Excerpt from 'HISTORY OF PHYSICS,' Weart and Phillips, p. 16: Franklin's most persuasive demonstration (Fig. II) of the qualitative difference between the electrifications of the two coatings of a Leyden jar [the general subject of this page of illustrations] (Fig. VIII): his analysis of the binding of electrical atmospheres postulates and attractive force between electrical and common matter. (Fig. IX): the sentry box illustrates his design for bringing down lightning from the clouds.]

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1 photographic print (black and white; 10 x 8 inches)
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790