Reference numberMS/887
TitleCopies of material relating to Maskelyne's Schehallien Experiment of 1774 and the erection of a commemorative plaque at Braes of Foss in 1983
Date20th century - 2011
Extent9 items
FormatTypescript copy
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyThe Schehallien Experiment of 1774 was funded by a grant from the Royal Society. Its purpose was to determine the mean density of the Earth, and involved measuring the deflection of a pendulum due to the gravitational attraction from a nearby mountain. The experiment was conducted by Nevil Maskelyne FRS, Charles Hutton and Reuben Burrow.
Related materialA detailed account of the Schehallien Experiement appears in Chapters 12 - 15 of Edwin Danson's 'Weighing the World' (2006, Oxford University Press). A copy of Mr Leadstone's article, 'Maskelyne's Schehallien Experiment of 1774' ('Physics Education') is held by the Royal Society Library.
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