Gravesande's air pump, London, 1876.
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actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Gravesande's air pump, London, 1876.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Willem Jakobs Gravesande (1688-1742) was a Dutch physicist who studied with Isaac Newton (1642-1727) and published a textbook in 1750 emphasising the use of demonstrations in lectures. This photograph was taken when the instrument was exhibited in the Special Loans Collections of Scientific Apparatus at the South Kensington Museum, London, in 1876.

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