Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Volume 1

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Page 35 - When a ray of light passes from one medium to another, it is refracted so that the ratio of the sine of the angle of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction is equal to the ratio of the velocities in the two media.
Page 246 - It is very natural to suppose, that the repellent and attractive energies are communicated from one particle to another particle of the same kind, so as to establish a conducting chain in the fluid ; and that the locomotion takes place in consequence ; and that this is really the case seems to be shown by many facts.
Page xv - On some Physiological Researches respecting the Influence of the Brain on the action of the Heart, and on the Generation of Animal Heat," for which a Copley medal, " the highest honour the Society has to bestow,
Page xiii - Lecture ; an Account of some new analytical Researches on the Nature of certain Bodies, particularly the Alkalies, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Carbonaceous Matter, and the Acids hitherto undecompounded ; with some general Observations on Chemical Theory.
Page 275 - ... the opinion of their formation independently of the presence of this substance. The combustible bases of the fixed alkalies seem to be repelled as other combustible substances, by positively electrified...
Page 92 - wherever two portions of the same light arrive at the eye by different routes, either exactly or very nearly in the same direction, the light becomes most intense when the difference of the routes is any multiple of a certain length, and least intense in the intermediate state of the interfering portions; and this length is different for light of different colours.
Page 290 - ... to be passed through them becomes less. The burners, where the gas is consumed, are connected with the above mains, by short tubes, each of which is furnished with a cock to regulate the admission of the gas to each burner, and to shut it totally off when requisite.
Page 214 - IT can scarcely have escaped the notice of the most inattentive observer of vegetation, that in whatever position a seed is placed to germinate, its radicle invariably makes an effort to descend towards the centre of the earth, whilst the elongated germen takes a precisely opposite direction ; and it has been proved by Du HAMEL* that if a seed, during its germination, be frequently inverted, the points both of the radicle and germen will return to the first direction. Some naturalists have supposed...
Page 118 - The different qualities of leather made with the same kind of skin, seem to depend very much upon the different quantities of extractive matter it contains. The leather obtained by means of...
Page 1803 - Experiments and Observations on the various Alloys, on the specific Gravity, and on the comparative Wear of Gold.

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