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The Boyle-Hooke vacuum pump, 1659.

Exton, David

The Boyle-Hooke vacuum pump, 1659.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


A modern (1960) reconstruction of the vacuum pump (air pump) built by Robert Hooke (1635-1703) for Robert Boyle (1627-1691) in 1659. This was the first British vacuum pump and was an improvement on Otto von Guericke's (1602-1686) original vacuum pump from around 1647. Boyle used the pump extensively in his early work, making discoveries such as that sound does not travel in a vacuum and that air is necesary to sustain a candle flame.

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