Experimenters' Techniques, Dyers' Hands, and the Electric Planetarium

@article{Schaffer1997ExperimentersTD,
  title={Experimenters' Techniques, Dyers' Hands, and the Electric Planetarium},
  author={S. Schaffer},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1997},
  volume={88},
  pages={456 - 483}
}
During the 1730s a number of fellows of the Royal Society of London worked on a device they called an "electric planetarium," which its inventor, the Kentish dyer Stephen Gray, claimed was a representation of the planetary system and showed that that system was truly driven by electricity. The Society's secretary, Cromwell Mortimer, and a distinguished French natural philosopher, Charles Dufay, sought to reproduce these phenomena. Gray's patron and successor, the Kent landowner Granvill Wheler… Expand
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