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Leslie Differential Thermometer

Leslie Differential Thermometer

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This consists of two glass bulbs that are partially filled with a colored liquid, that are connected by a bent glass tube, and that are mounted on a wooden stand. When one bulb is heated more than the other, the air in that bulb will expand, causing some of the liquid to flow into the other bulb. The form was devised in the early 19th century by John Leslie, a Scottish mathematician and physicist, and soon became a popular science demonstration device. This example is marked “J. W. QUEEN & CO. / PHILADA.” It was used at the Naval Medical School.
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Object Name
Thermometer, Differential
date made
second half of 19th century
overall, unfolded: 11 3/8 in x 6 5/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 28.8925 cm x 16.8275 cm x 11.43 cm
overall, folded: 4 3/4 in x 6 5/8 in x 8 in; 12.065 cm x 16.8275 cm x 20.32 cm
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Credit Line
U.S. Navy
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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