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Appleyard's paper Pioneers of Electrical Communication part 5 – Heinrich Rudolph Hertz (Electrical Communication, 6 (1927) no.2, pp. 63-77) has a number of photographs of Hertz's experimental devices, including the apparatus he used to study the photoelectric effect in 1887 (Hertz did not use the name) after discovering the influence of light on production ...


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Thomson drew his conclusion based on his calculation of the charge to mass ratio of the "corpuscular carriers of negative charge in cathode rays". Quoting Thomson's Nobel Lecture of 1906: This constant value, when we measure $e/m$ in the c.g.s. system of magnetic units, is equal to about $1.7\times10^7$. If we compare this with the value of the ...


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Newton is 'venerated' for his synthesis of the laws of motion, the theory of gravity and the calculus. Virtually everything he did had some antecedent in work earlier than his, but he put it all together. Buridans name 'has faded into obscurity' not because of the lack of the importance of his work, but simply because the history of science is not taken as ...


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I agree with Patrice Ayme on the topic of Buridan and will add that one major role of those employed in a teaching role at a university should be to provide comments and ideas that are helpful to the progress of thought. In this he was clearly successful in spite of religious leaders who had immense power to destroy those who opposed them. The fact that ...


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