Rational Recreations: In which the Principles of Numbers and Natural Philosophy are Clearly and Copiously Elucidated, by a Series of Easy, Entertaining, Interesting Experiments. Among which are All Those Commonly Performed with the Cards, Band 3
L. Davis, 1782
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Seite 84 - To the top of the upright stick of the cross is to be fixed a very sharp-pointed wire, rising a foot or more above the wood. To the end of the twine next the hand is to be tied a silk ribbon, and where the silk and twine join a key may be fastened.
Seite 100 - PROVIDE a glass cylinder, three feet long, and three inches diameter ; near the bottom of it fix a brass plate, and have another brass plate, so contrived that you may let it down the cylinder, and bring it as near the first plate as you desire. Let this cylinder be exhausted and insulated, and when the upper part is electrified, the electric...
Seite 232 - ... he thinks proper, then to close the box, and, if he please, to wrap it up in paper, seal it, and give it to you. Then placing the board with the pyramid upon it, you immediately tell him the order in which the tablets are placed, by reading the words to which the needles on the circles point. INTERESTING EXPERIMENTS WITH THE AIR PUMP.
Seite 65 - ... inches distance, with a thimble on the top of each. On the edge of the wheel is a small leaden bullet, communicating by a wire with the gilding of the upper surface of the wheel ; and about six inches from it is another bullet communicating in like manner with the under surface.
Seite 64 - Two small hemispheres of wood are then fixed with cement to the middle of the upper and under sides, centrally opposite, and in each of them a thick strong wire eight or ten inches long, which together make the axis of the wheel. It turns horizontally on a point at the lower end of its axis, which rests on a bit of brass cemented within a glass salt-cellar. The...
Seite 132 - Then placing your hand, in a carelefs manner, on the pin at the end of the table, you alter the pofition of the magnet; and giving the key to any perfon you defire him to make the experiment, which he will then not be able to perform. You then give the key to another perfon, at the fame...
Seite 85 - As soon as any of the thunder clouds come over the kite, the pointed wire will draw the electric fire from them, and the kite, with all the twine, will be electrified, and the loose filaments of the twine will stand out every way and be attracted by an approaching finger.
Seite 132 - Under the top of a common table place a magnet that turns on a pivot, and fix a board under it, that nothing may appear. There may also be a drawer under the table, which you pull out to show that there is nothing concealed. At one end...
Seite 99 - ... like a white cloud, or the milky way in a clear star-light night. It seldom reaches the whole length of the vessel, but generally appears only at the end of the wire, like a lucid ball. If a small phial be inserted in the neck of a small receiver, so that the external surface of the glass be exposed to the vacuum, it will produce a very beautiful appearance. The phial must be coated on the inside, and while it is charging, at every spark taken from the conductor into the inside, a flash of light...
Seite 83 - On the board place any kind of building, made of pasteboard, of separate pieces, and not fastened together. Then fixing a wire that communicates with the two chains of the electrifying battery, so that it may pass over the board and the surface of the water, upon making the explosion, the water will become agitated as in an earthquake, and the board moving up and down, will overturn the structure, while the cause of the commotion is totally concealed. The Magic Donee.