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Details of two experiments by Dr Papin: 'Some Alteration or Improvement in his Pnewmatick Engin' and 'Of the Air's driving the water in an Exhausted Bolt-head in a Cylindrical Form'

9 April 1684


Dr Papin's experiment 'upon petrified Wood calcined applying to the Lodestone or tinging with Galls'

16 April 1684


Dr Papin's experiment of making Pitch or Turpentine penetrate into Plaster or Wood

23 April 1684


Dr Papin's Experiment for the swelling the Lungs, Kidney 'in Vacuo'

30 April 1684


Dr Papin's Experiment of driving Plaister into the Lungs And An Instrument for drying the parts of the Body, when they are most swelled 'in vacuo'

7 May 1684


Dr Papin's Experiment to examine the specific Gravity of the Air comparatively to water and what effect Heat and moisture hath on the gravity of Air

14 May 1684


Dr Papin's Experiments of dissolving Iron in the Open Air and 'in vacuo'

May 1684


Dr Papin's Experiment of the Suspension of water purged of Air in a Pipe

4 June 1684


Dr Papin's Experiment about the Adhesion of a Glass Cover to an Exhausted Receiver against the pretended Attraction 'motu vacui'

11 June 1684


'Dr Papin's Experiment made at Mr Boyls About suspending water in a Bolt-head'

18 June 1684


'Dr Papin's Experiment About air caused by a Dissolving body in a Florence Flask'

18 June 1684


'Dr Papin's Experiment with Soap and Salt water (for washing linnen at Sea) by dissolving them in the Digesting Engin'

25 June 1684


Another Experiment by Dr Papin about the Suspension of Water 'in vacuo' made at Mr Boyle's



Dr Papin's Experiment about softening the Box and Lignum Vitae in the Digesting Engine

2 July 1684


Dr Papin's Experiments in the digester for taking Impression in Relief

16 July 1684


Dr Papin's Experiments on Horn in the Digester - a further trial

23 July 1684


Dr Papin's experiments in the Vacation time during the Recess of the Royal Society



'Dr Papin's Experiment with the Muscle of a Man 'in vacuo' etc and a mercury gage to find the Quantity of Air Produced' from the muscle

20 September 1684


'Dr Papin's Experiment to prove that suction proceeds from the pressure of the Air'

29 October 1684


'About the Suspension of Mercury in a Tube higher then 31 Inches' by Denis Papin

5 November 1684

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