Pascal's vases

Pascal's vases

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The fact that a liquid poured into several communicating vases, whatever their shape, will seek the same level in each, was known in antiquity. It became scientific when the French savant, Blaise Pascal, discussed it in his Treatise on the Equilibrium of Liquids (1653). In time, simple hydrostatic instruments became popular for classroom demonstrations, and these instruments became known as Pascal vases.
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United States: Ohio, Youngstown
Measurements
overall: 18 in x 10 3/4 in x 6 in; 45.72 cm x 27.305 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
2010.3095.025
catalog number
2010.3095.025
nonaccession number
2010.3095
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National Museum of American History
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