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Martin van Marum : “Plate 3” (1786)

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In the instrument room of the Teylers Museum in Haarlem lives a large electrostatic generator designed by the Dutch physician, inventor, and scientist Martin van Marum (1750-1837). With two glass disks measuring 1.65 meters in diameter and a battery of four leiden jars, it is capable of generating a potential of 330,000 volts. This illustration belongs to van Marum’s 1786 treatise Beschreibung einer ungemein grossen Elektrisier-Maschine (“Description of an Unusually Large Electrical Machine”), in which he used the instrument to test the effects of static electricity upon various metals.

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