Wave Demonstration Device

Wave Demonstration Device

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Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), professor of Experimental Philosophy at King’s College, London, began discussing the need for a wave demonstration device in the 1820s, and had a working model in hand by the late 1840s. This example came from King’s College, and was probably made to his specifications.
Ref: Brian Bowers, Sir Charles Wheatstone, F.R.S. (London, 2001), p. 44.
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Object Name
wave demonstration apparatus
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 12.5 cm x 14.6 cm x 53.7 cm; 4 15/16 in x 5 3/4 in x 21 1/8 in
overall: 5 1/4 in x 23 13/16 in x 5 13/16 in; 13.335 cm x 60.48375 cm x 14.76375 cm
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National Museum of American History
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