What Exactly Was Torricelli’s “Barometer?”

  title={What Exactly Was Torricelli’s “Barometer?”},
  author={J. Shank},
  • J. Shank
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • What exactly was Evangelista Torricelli up to when, in 1644, he took mercury filled tubes and turned them upside down in other mercury filled tubs? A canonical story anchored by the larger historiographical edifice of the “Scientific Revolution” holds that Torricelli was using a new instrumental experimental approach to natural philosophy to demonstrate and measure the weight of atmospheric air. Within this frame, Torricelli’s mercury esperienza as he called it heralds the birth of modern… CONTINUE READING
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