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Papers of John Robison
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Edinburgh University Library Department of Special Collections

Pneumatics, Gunpowder &c.

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 John Robison Dc.7.8

Date(s)

c1780-c1802

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

bound volume

Name of creator

Robison | John | 1739-1805 | professor of natural philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Notes, in English and occasional Russian, on the physics of air, principally pressure differentials and sound propagation. Topics include a lengthy discussion of the function and gross anatomy of the ear, barometrical measurement of height; published chart of comparative altitudes of famous mountain peaks, and the overall constitution of the atmosphere. The second half of the volume covers ballistics, mostly: diagrams, calculations, and records of artillery trials. A short, unrelated section at the end includes a piece on undulation of elastic fluids.

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