Centrifugal Force Apparatus

Centrifugal Force Apparatus

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Benjamin Wofford (1780-1850) was a resident of Spartanburg, S.C. who bequeathed $100,000 to “establish a college of literary, classical and scientific education to be located in my native district and to be under the control of the Methodist Church of my native state.” When Wofford College opened in 1854, Prof. Warren DuPre was sent north to acquire scientific apparatus. He probably bought this centrifugal force apparatus at that time. The “Benj. Pike, Jr., 294 Broadway, New York” stamp on the frame is that of a leading purveyor of optical, mathematical and philosophical instruments. Pike termed this instrument “Centrifugal Hoops for showing the Earth an Oblate Spheroid.”
Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1848), vol. 1, pp. 117-118.
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Centrifugal Force Demonstrator
overall: 15 3/8 in x 13 in x 8 3/16 in; 39.0525 cm x 33.02 cm x 20.79625 cm
overall: 15 7/16 in x 13 in x 8 3/4 in; 39.21125 cm x 33.02 cm x 22.225 cm
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