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Scientific American Supplement, No. 417

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Title: Scientific American Supplement, No. 417  
Author: Various
Language: English
Subject: Literature & thought, Literature and history, Literature & philosophy
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Reliable records extending over hundreds of years show clearly with what energy and perseverance scientific men in every civilized part of the world have endeavored to wrest from nature the secret of what is termed her ?phenomena of magnetism,? and, as is invariably the case under similar circumstances, the results of the experiments and reasoning of some have far surpassed those of others in advancing our knowledge. For instance, the experimental philosophers in many branches of science were groping as it were in darkness until the brilliant light of Newton?s genius illumined their path. Although, perhaps, I should not be justified in comparing Oersted with Newton, yet he also discovered what are termed ?new? laws of nature, in a manner at once precise, profound, and amazing, and which opened a new field of research to many of the most distinguished philosophers of that time, who were soon engaged in experimenting in the same direction, and from whose investigations arose a new science, which was called ?electro-dynamics.? Oersted demonstrated from inductive reasoning that every conductor of electricity possessed all the known properties of a magnet while a current of electricity was passing through it. If you earnestly contemplate the important adjuncts to applied science which have sprung from that apparently simple fact, you will not fail to see the importance of the discovery; for it was while working in this new field of electro-magnetism that Sturgeon made the first electro-magnet, and Faraday many of his discoveries relating to induction.

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CONTENTS I. ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS.--Machine for Making Electric Light Carbons.--2 figures The Earliest Gas Engine The Moving of Large Masses.--With engravings of the removal of a belfry at Cresentino in 1776, and of the winged bulls from Nineveh to Mosul in 1854 Science and Engineering.--The relation they bear to one another. By WALTER R. BROWNE Hydraulic Plate Press.--With engraving Fast Printing Press for Engravings.--With engraving French Cannon Apparatus for Heating by Gas.--5 figures Improved Gas Burner for Singeing Machines.--1 figure II. TECHNOLOGY.--China Grass, or Rhea.--Different processes and apparatus used in preparing the fiber for commerce III. ARCHITECTURE.--Woodlands, Stoke Pogis, Bucks.--With engraving. IV. ELECTRICITY, LIGHT, ETC.--Volta Electric Induction as Demonstrated by Experiment.--Paper read by WILLOUGHBY SMITH before the Society of Telegraph Engineers and Electricians.--Numerous figures 3


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