Reference numberPP/14/21/1
Previous numbersPP/46/22
TitleManuscript, 'On the Cavendish experiment' by C V [Charles Vernon] Boys
DescriptionBoys writes: 'The Cavendish experiment for determining the constant of gravitation, from which the density of the Earth may be calculated, is so well known that there is no occasion to describe it. This experiment, devised by the Rev. John Mitchell [sic], F R S, was first carried out by Cavendish, and has been since performed by Reich, Baily, and Cornu and Bailie, who have all followed very closely the arrangement of Cavendish.' Boys describes the development of apparatus for undertaking the experiment, and presents an instrument of his own design.

Annotations in pencil and ink. Includes two pages of geometrical diagrams and a photograph of experimental apparatus.

Subject: Physics / Scientific apparatus and instruments

Received 29 May 1889. Read 20 June 1889.

A version of this paper was published in volume 46 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the Cavendish experiment'.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1889.0032
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8138Boys; Sir; Charles Vernon (1855 - 1944)1855 - 1944
NA7798Michell; John (1724 - 1793)1724 - 1793
NA8163Cavendish; Henry (1731 - 1810); natural philosopher1731 - 1810
NA1566Cornu; Alfred Marie (1841 - 1902)1841 - 1902
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