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Santa Clara College and the Pursuit of Scientific Knowledge, 1851-1900

 
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"Dr. Priestley has well observed, that electricity has one advantage over most other branches of natural philosophy; it furnishes matter of entertainment for all persons promiscuously, while it is also a subject of important specultation for the most philosophic minds. Neither the air-pump, nor the orrery, nor any experiments in hydrostatics, optics, or magnetism, etc. ever brought together so many, or such great concourses of people, as those of electricity have singly done."
-George Adams, Jr. (1974)

Quotation from "Nineteenth Century Scientific Instruments" p. 188
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