Early drawing of vacuum apparatus

Made:
1897 in Science Museum

Drawing of Apparatus of Torricelli, 1643 and von Guericke 1654

Drawing of vacuum apparatus of Torricelli, 1643, and von Guericke, 1654. In the mid-17th century it was realised that the atmosphere has weight, and that it could be excluded from a closed vessel to create a vacuum. Von Guericke in Magdeburg, and Torricelli in Florence, carried out experiments in this area, creating an understanding of how to create a vacuum which was essential to the development of the steam engine.

Details

Category:
Motive Power
Object Number:
1897-114
type:
drawing
credit:
Science Museum Draughtsman
status:
Permanent collection

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