John Phin.

The seven follies of science; a popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them. To which is added a small budget of interesting paradoxes, illusions, and marvels online

. (page 12 of 12)
Online LibraryJohn PhinThe seven follies of science; a popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them. To which is added a small budget of interesting paradoxes, illusions, and marvels → online text (page 12 of 12)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


Faraday's discovery 93

Farrants, Prest. Royal Mic. Soc. . 140

Figure, a, enlarged by cutting . . 126

First folio Shakespeare, cost of . . 168

Fixation of mercury 92

Follies of Science, The Seven ... 2

Disraeli's list 2

An inappropriate term 3

Fourth dimension conception of . 117

Flatland 120

Kant and Gauss 121

Spiritualists 121

Edward Carpenter on 122

Possibility of a new sense ... 123

Frauds in perpetual motion .... 69

Freezing of mercury 93

Froment, micrographs 139

Gases, liquefication of 93

Geiser's clock 71

Geometrical quadrature impossible 21

Gibberish, origin of word .... 96

God, demonstration of existence of 118

Hammer made of solid mercury . 93



PAGE

Hand, to look through 156

Heat and cold, illusions 150

Hesse, Landgrave of 77

Hindoos, ratio accepted by .... 16
Holmes, O. W., and powder of sym-
pathy in

Homer's Iliad in nut-shell .... 136

Honecourt, Wilars de 42

Horses lifted by child 131

Hydrofluoric acid 104

Hydrostatic paradox 46

Iliad of Homer in nutshell .... 136

Impossible, fascination of the ... i

Insect engineering 130

Irradiation 152

Jews, ratio accepted by the ... 13

Keeley gold cure 97

Keeley motor 69

Kircher and palingenesy 106

Lacomme, on squaring circle ... 27

Lamps, ever-burning 100

Library, Congressional, in hand-bag 145

Light from electric earth-currents . 103

Lines, geometrical 119

Lines, direction of, deceptive ... 154

Length of, deceptive 153

Liquid air 65

Lodge, Sir Oliver, on conservation

of energy 5

Longitude, relation of squaring the

circle to 10

McArthur, on arithmetic of ancients 15

Machin 16

Magnetism for perpetual motion . 61

Man lifting himself 128

Mathematicians how they go to

heaven 8

Mercury, fixation of 9 2

Freezing of 93

Metals. See Transmutation.

Metius, Peter 16

Micrography, or minute writing . . 136

Homer in a nutshell 136

Michael Angelo's seal 136

Ten Commandments 136

Bible in a nutshell 136



INDEX



177



PAGE

Micrography continued.

Earliest micrographic engraving . 139
Micrographic copy of seal of Co-
lumbia College 139

Peters' machine 141

Lord's Prayer written at rate of 22

Bibles to square inch .... 141

Webb's fine writing 142

Calculation in regard to .... 143

Microphotographs by Dancer . . 144
Pigeon- post in Franco-Prussian

War 146

Millionaire, to become a 166

Miracle dial of Ahaz 133

Morgan. See De Morgan.

Morton, President Henry 66

Motion, perpetual. See Perpetual

motion.

Muir, Prof. On Archimedes ... 14

Musitanus, Carolus 96

Nail problem 164

Nicomedean line 29

Orffyreus his real name 77

His fraudulent machine 77

Overbalancing wheels 43

Paint, luminous 102

Palingenesy 106

Patent office U. S. and perpetual

motion 42

Pen mightier than the sword ... 173

Perpetual lamps 100

Perpetual motion 36

What the problem is 37

Clock that requires no winding . 38

Watch wound by walking ... 39

Clock wound by tides 41

By electricity 41

Absurdities 42

Overbalancing wheels 43

Dr. Young, on 44

Bellows action 45

Hydrostatic paradox 46

Bishop Wilkins 48

Archimedean screw 49

Archimedean screw, by mercury . 51

Congreve's, by capillary attraction 53

Tube and balls 56

Tube and rope 59

Magnetism . , 61



PAGE
Perpetual motion continued.

Self-moving railway carriage . . 63

A child's perpetual motion ... 64

Fallacies 65

Liquid air 65

Bisulphide of carbon 66

Frauds 69

Keeley motor 69

Geiser's clock 71

Adams 71

Redhoeffer 72

Lukens 72

How to stop the machine ... 73

Marquis of Worcester 74

Dircks' model 75

Orffyreus 77

Possibility of 78

Peters' micrographs 141

Philosopher's stone 97

Phosphorus, discovery of 101

Pigeon-post 146

Population, a question of 165

Power, the, of the future 40

Ptolemy, on the circle 15

Puzzles, arithmetical 170

Railway carriage, self-moving ... 63

Ramsay, Sir William 89, 98

Ratio of diameter to circumference

carried to 127 places 17

Redhoeffer 's perpetual motion . . 72

Rosicrucius 100

Rutherford 16

Schott, Father, and palingenesy . . 107

Schweirs, Dr 52

Scott, Michael, and his slave demons 6
Scott, Sir Walter, legend of the

great Wizard 6

Powder of sympathy 112

Self-moving railway carriage ... 63

Senses illusions of 148

Taste and smell 149

Heat and cold 150

Hearing 150

Touch 150

Sight size of spot 152

Length of lines 153

Direction of lines 154

Objects seen through hand ... 156

Looking through a brick .... 158



1/8



INDEX



PAGE
123
133
1 68
97
114



Sense, possibility of a new ....
Shadow going backward on dial
Shakespeare, cost of first folio . .

Philosopher's stone

Witchcraft

Shanks value of ratio carried to

707 places 16

Sharp, Abraham 16

Sight, sense of, deceived 152

Smith, James, on squaring circle . 28

Snake lifted by spider 130

Solvent, universal 104

Space enlarged by cutting 126

Spider lifting a snake 130

Sun-dial shadow going backward 133

Taste and smell illusions .... 149

Tides, clock moved by 40

Will be the great source of power of

the future 40

Time it would take Archimedes to

move the world 171

Touch, sense of, deceived .... 150

Transmutation of the metals ... 79

Ancient fables 79

Hermes Trismegistus 80

Treatises not allegorical .... 81

Seven metals 82

Metals named after planets ... 82



PAGE

Transmutation of metals continued.

Methods of cheating 83

"Brief of the Golden Calf " . . 84

Story of unknown Italian ... 87

Possibility of effecting 88

Sir William Ramsay 89

Effect of such discovery on our

currency system 90

"Tribune," New York 29

Trisection of angle 33

Tube and balls 56

Tube and rope 59



Universal medicine.
Life.



See Elixir of



Van Ceulen, Rudolph 16

Wallich, Dr 35

Watch that is wound by walking . 39

Used as a compass 134

Webb micrographs 142

WhewelPs refutation of 3^ ratio . . 28

Wilkin's, Bishop 48

Witchcraft or magic . 113

Worcester, Marquis of 74

Writing, fine 139

Young, Dr. Thomas 44



OF THE

UNIVERSITY

OF



W:






RETURN TO the circulation desk of any

University of California Library
i

or to the






NORTHERN REGIONAL LIBRARY FACILITY
Bldg. 400, Richmond Field Station
University of California
Richmond, CA 94804-4698

ALL BOOKS MAY BE RECALLED AFTER 7 DAYS
2- month loans may be renewed by calling

(510)642-6753
1-year loans may be recharged by bringing books

to NRLF
Renewals and recharges may be made 4 days

prior to due date



DUE AS STAMPED BELOW



MAR 07



20,000 (4/94)



YB 17600



BERKELEY LIBRARIES





UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LIBRARY





1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12

Online LibraryJohn PhinThe seven follies of science; a popular account of the most famous scientific impossibilities and the attempts which have been made to solve them. To which is added a small budget of interesting paradoxes, illusions, and marvels → online text (page 12 of 12)