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Surface Tension of Water Apparatus

Surface Tension of Water Apparatus

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Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) and Louis Jacques Thénard (1777-1857) were French physicists who studied the physical properties of gases. This instrument, based on their work, measured the surface tension of water vapor mixed with gasses. The “J. Salleron, Paris” inscription is that of Jules Salleron (1829-1897), an instrument maker who began in business in 1855. Used at Princeton University, it was probably purchased after the establishment of the John C. Green School of Science in 1872 and the arrival of Cyrus Fogg Brackett as professor of physics in 1873.
Ref: J. Salleron, Notice Sur Les Instrumens de Précision (Paris, 1864), parts 3 and 4, p. 246.
James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Physical Instruments (Philadelphia, 1888), pp. 67-68.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Apparatus of Gay-Lussac and Thenard
maker
Salleron, Jules
place made
France: Île-de-France, Département de Ville-de-Paris
Measurements
overall: 46 3/4 in x 13 5/16 in x 8 1/2 in; 118.745 cm x 33.8455 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
PH.330589
catalog number
330589
accession number
299612
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