Jesse Ramsden's glass plate electrostatic machine, c 1760s.
2 9 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Jesse Ramsden's glass plate electrostatic machine, c 1760s.

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Description

Engraving made in the late 19th century of two men operating a machine with instrument maker Jesse Ramsden's (1735-1800) modification of a vertical glass disc rather than a cylinder. This machine's basic components were: a drive mechanism, a rotating part which rubbed against cushions causing friction which produced static electricity, and a vessel to collect the charge produced. Some early uses of electricity were medical; it was used to treat paralysis and muscle spasms, and to control heart rates. Illustration from 'Electricity and Magnetism' by Amedee Guillemin (1826-1893), published in London in 1891.
 

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