Early Science at the Royal Society


    January 25, 1664/5. In order to see, whether the compression of the air caused the extinction of fire, there was put a lamp into the condensing engine; and a great quantity of air being crowded into it, it was found, that the lamp burnt in that compressed air about 15 minutes; whereas in the uncompressed air in the same engine, it burnt not above 3 minutes.- It was ordered that at the next meeting an experiment should be made, of filling a vessel with smoke, to see, whether a candle put into it would burn as long therein, as it would do in the same air without smoke.

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    Early Science at the Royal Society. Nature 115, 140 (1925) doi:10.1038/115140b0

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