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Room XI
The Spectacle of Science
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The Spectacle of Light

The Spectacle of Light

Numerous devices were used in darkened rooms to enchant the guests by generating curious phenomena of light - Isaac Newton's (1642-1727) famous prism experiment ...

(16 objects)

Large machines

Large machines

The spectacular impact of experimental demonstrations was also due to the physical quality of the instruments, as illustrated by these large machines. ...

(17 objects)



Science in the salon

Science in the salon

Eighteenth-century salons were often the theater of glittering "electrical evenings" in which ladies and gentlemen amused themselves by experimenting—even ...

(16 objects)

Attractions

Attractions

In the 18th century the ambiguous term "attraction," taken from the vocabulary of alchemy, was employed in various fields, such as astronomy, electricity ...

(19 objects)