Early drawing of vacuum apparatus

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.


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