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Hydrodynamic Analogies to Electricity and Magnetism

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FROM a scientific and purely theoretical point of view there is no object in the whole of the Electrical Exhibition at Paris of greater interest than the remarkable collection of apparatus exhibited by Dr. C. A. Bjerknes of Christiania, and intended to show the fundamental phenomena of electricity and magnetism by the analogous ones of hydrodynamics. I will try to give a clear account of these experiments and the apparatus employed; but no description can convey any idea of the wonderful beauty of the actual experiments, whilst the mechanism itself is also of most exquisite construction. Every result which is thus shown by experiment had been previously predicted by Prof. Bjerknes as the result of his mathematical investigations.

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