Model of the Magdeburg Experiment

Model of the Magdeburg Experiment

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Otto Von Guericke (1602-1686), the scientifically-minded mayor of Magdeburg, demonstrated the effects of a vacuum and of atmospheric pressure by joining one hollow hemisphere with another, evacuating the air between the two, and showing how hard it then was to pull the two apart. In time, Magdeburg hemispheres became popular pieces of scientific apparatus. This model of the Magdeburg experiment was made by the Smithsonian, for use in exhibitions.
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Model of the Magdeburg Experiment
overall: 16 cm x 95.5 cm x 18 cm; 6 5/16 in x 37 5/8 in x 7 1/16 in
overall: 6 1/2 in x 37 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 16.51 cm x 95.5675 cm x 18.0975 cm
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