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Unpublished letter and paper, 'Observations on the progress of bodies floating in a stream: with an account of some experiments made in the River Thames, with a view to discover a method for ascertaining the direction of currents' by James Burney

Reference number: AP/7/3

Date: August 1808 - May 1809

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Burney writes on observations and experiments relating to the progress and acceleration of bodies that float in a stream, and which often descend faster than the stream itself, a phenomenon that Burney posits is due to perpendicular pressure. Preceded by a follow-up letter providing further clarifications on the paper.

Subject: Physics

Read to the Royal Society on 16 February and 18 May 1809.

Reference number
AP/7/3
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August 1808 - May 1809
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Ink on paper
Page extent
14 pages
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Manuscript

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James Burney

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James Burney, Unpublished letter and paper, 'Observations on the progress of bodies floating in a stream: with an account of some experiments made in the River Thames, with a view to discover a method for ascertaining the direction of currents' by James Burney, August 1808 - May 1809, AP/7/3, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_7_3/unpublished-letter-and-paper-observations-on-the-progress-of-bodies-floating-in-a-stream-with-an-account-of-some-experiments-made-in-the-river-thames-with-a-view-to-discover-a-method-for-ascertaining-the-direction-of-currents-by-james-burney, accessed on 16 June 2024

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