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Wonderful litany of wild schemes
Wonderful litany of wild schemes
It makes for fine reading of the hopes and fragments of ideas from the 16th and 17th centuries. Perpetual motion machines from which to drive ships? 10-shot repeater arquibuses? Really? One problem: no plates on the pages I examined.
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Page 225 - A CENTURY OF THE NAMES AND SCANTLINGS OF SUCH INVENTIONS, as at present I can call to mind to have tried and perfected which (my former notes being lost) I have, at the instance of a powerful Friend, endeavoured now in the year 1655 to set these down in such a way as may sufficiently instruct me to put any of them in practice.
Page 244 - An admirable and most forcible way to drive up water by fire, not by drawing or sucking it upwards, for that must be as the philosopher calleth it, infra spheeram activitatis, which is but at such a distance. But this way hath no bounder, if the vessels be strong enough ; for I have taken a piece of a whole cannon, whereof the end was burst, and filled it...
Page 244 - ... stopping and screwing up the broken end, as also the touch-hole, and, making a constant fire under it, within twenty-four hours it burst, and made a great crack...
Page 244 - I have taken a piece of a whole cannon, whereof the end was burst, and filled it three quarters full of water, stopping and screwing up the broken end, as also the touchhole ; and making a constant fire under it, within twenty-four hours it burst and made a great crack...
Page 251 - Century, and preventing any further trouble to the reader for the present, meaning to leave to posterity a book, wherein, under each of these heads, the means to put in execution and visible trial all and every of these inventions, with the shape and form of all things belonging to them, shall be printed by brass plates.
Page 246 - If a stranger open it, it setteth an alarm a-going, which the stranger cannot stop from running out; and besides, though none should be within hearing, yet it catcheth his hand, as a trap doth a fox; and though far from maiming him, yet it leaveth such a mark behind it, as will discover him if...
Page 245 - So that, having a way to make my vessels so that they are strengthened by the force within them, and the one to fill after the other, I have seen the water run like a constant fountain stream forty feet high.
Page 241 - ... than those of the mounting side, and yet equal in number and heft to the one side as the other. A most incredible thing, if not seen, but tried before the late king (of blessed memory) in the Tower, by my directions...
Page 233 - How, at a window, as far as eye can discover black from white, a man may hold discourse with his correspondent without noise made or notice taken ; being, according to...
Page 250 - ... upright or downright, yet the pretended operation continueth, and advanceth none of the motions above-mentioned, hindering, much less stopping the other ; but unanimously and with harmony agreeing, they all augment and contribute strength unto the intended work and operation : and therefore I call this a semi-omnipotent engine, and do intend that a model thereof be buried with me.