Physics in Perspective

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 52–63 | Cite as

Regular Twists: Replicating Coulomb’s Wire-Torsion Experiments

Original Paper

Abstract.

I discuss our replication of the wire-torsion experiments that Charles Augustin Coulomb (1736–1806) reported in a session of the Paris Académie des Sciences in 1784. I first explain the nature and purpose of the replication method and then apply it to an analysis of Coulomb’s experiments. I conclude by placing Coulomb’s presentation of his memoir into its specific historical contest.

Keywords.

Charles Augustin Coulomb Marquis de Condorcet Paris Académie des Sciences replication method torsion experiment damped oscillations mesmerism 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geschichte und Didaktik der Physik, Institut für PhysikCarl-von-Ossietzky UniversitätOldenburgGermany

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