Memoir of Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford: With Notices of His Daughter

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Estes and Lauriat, 1871 - Physicists - 680 pages
 

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Page 482 - It is hardly necessary to add, that any thing which any insulated body, or system of bodies, can continue to furnish without limitation, cannot possibly be a material substance...
Page 266 - Premium to the author of any important discovery or useful improvement in light or heat, which shall have been made and published by printing, or in any way made known to the public, in any part of the continent of America, or any of the American Islands; preference always being given to such discoveries as, in the opinion of the Academy, shall tend most to promote the good of mankind...
Page 480 - It would be difficult to describe the surprise and astonishment expressed in the countenances of the bystanders, on seeing so large a quantity of cold water heated, and actually made to boil, without any fire.
Page 483 - Nobody surely, in his sober senses, has ever pretended to understand the mechanism of gravitation; and yet what sublime discoveries was our immortal Newton enabled to make, merely by the investigation of the laws of its action...
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Page 188 - ... expressed in so affecting a manner when I was dangerously ill? that they went publicly in a body in procession to the cathedral church, where they had divine service performed, and put up public prayers for my recovery? that four years afterwards, on hearing that I was again dangerously ill at Naples, they, of their own accord, set apart an hour each evening, after they had finished their work in the Military Workhouse, to pray for me?
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