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Figures 1-7 (labelled here as figures 1-6, with figures 4 and 5 both being labelled as figure 5) showing glass cylinders, glass globes, and apparatuses for testing the resistance of these glass objects. Inscribed with publication and plate details. On verso is a printed sheet of the list of candidates recommended by the Council for election to the Royal Society, dated 5 May 1859 at Burlington House [London]. Not signed. The manuscript for this paper is wanting.

Subject: Physics

Published in Philosophical Transactions as part of paper titled 'On the resistance of glass globes and cylinders to collapse from external pressure; and on the tensile and compressive strength of various kinds of glass' by William Fairbairn and Thomas Tate.

Received by the Royal Society on 3 May 1859. Read 12 May 1859.

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William Fairbairn

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William Fairbairn, Diagrams, glass cylinders, globes, and resistance apparatus by unknown artist, 1859, PT/75/8/5, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 21 May 2024

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