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The Mechanical Theory of Magnetism

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IF Prof. Hughes were as great a master of writing English as he is of experimenting, his views on magnetism would receive speedier acceptation, for they would then probably be understood without that close study which his involved sentences and heterogeneous paragraphs now demand. It is very remarkable that such an ardent worker, such a deep thinker, and such a clear and simple experimenter should have such difficulty in expounding his views on paper. His experimental demonstrations are always clear and convincing, his recent lecture at the Royal Institution appealed to every degree of intelligence present, but his papers at the Royal Society want some strong external directing influence to render their meaning evident.

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