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Pascal's experiment in the Puy de Dôme to test the relation between atmospheric pressure and altitude. Oil painting by Ernest Board.

  • Board, Ernest, 1877-1934.
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45911i
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Also known as

Discovery of the barometer: Torricelli experimenting in the Alps, 1643. Oil painting by Ernest Board.

Description

The experiment at high altitude was carried out by Florin Périer, Pascal's brother-in-law, on 19 September 1648, as an extension of Torricelli's experiments at low altitude in 1643. See Peter Dear, 'Miracles, experiments and the ordinary course of nature', Isis, 1990, 81: 663-683, esp. pp. 676-683

Physical description

1 painting : oil on canvas ; canvas 61 x 91.8 cm

References note

Handbook of the historical medical museum organized by Henry S. Wellcome, London 1913, p. 28, no. 276 (as "The discovery of the barometer: Torricelli experimenting in the Alps. 1643. Ernest Board.")

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 45911i


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