Physics in Perspective

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

Regular Twists: Replicating Coulomb’s Wire-Torsion Experiments

Original Paper


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.


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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