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Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boyle, dated at London

Reference number: EL/OB/10

Date: 25 August 1664


Concerns establishment of trade routes and Anglo-Dutch commercial rivalry, particularly about a Dutch trade passage to China; details of a thunderstom in Italy; that the steeple of St Paul's would be a good place to carry out experiments about falling bodies, the Toricellian experiment etc; concerning a paper read by Packer about damp in mines; Zulichem's suggested experiment to show sound vibrations in 'hard bodies'; Wylde's promised experiments to soften steel without fire and to fix colours; Howard's experiments about fixing log wood; concerns meeting at Povey's house

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25 August 1664
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Henry Oldenburg

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Henry Oldenburg, Letter, from Henry Oldenburg to Robert Boyle, dated at London, 25 August 1664, EL/OB/10, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 08 December 2023

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