Reference numberAP/8/20
TitleUnpublished paper and statement, 'An enquiry concerning the source of the light which is manifested in the combustion of inflammable bodies' by Benjamin [Thompson] Count of Rumford
DescriptionRumford details his experiments on the cause of the light which appears when inflammable bodies are burned, testing various theories on the source of the light and seeking to prove own his theory that light is a vibration or undulation rather than a substance. Followed by a statement by Rumford regarding the originality of his work.

Subject: Physics / Thermodynamics

This paper was published posthumously in a Rumford anthology edited by Sanborn C Brown: Brown, Sanborn C, editor. Collected Works of Count Rumford. Vol 4, Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 1970, pp 229-250.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialCollected Works of Count Rumford available in the Royal Society's printed works collection: R66037.
Brown, Sanborn C, editor. Collected Works of Count Rumford. Vol 4, Belknap Press, 1970, pp 229-250.
Related records in the catalogueAP/8/20/1
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NA8287Thompson; Benjamin (1753 - 1814); Count Rumford; physicist1753 - 1814
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