Thursday 28 January 1668/69

Up, and to the office, where all the afternoon, also after dinner, and there late dispatching much business, and then home to supper with my wife, and to get her to read to me, and here I did find that Mr. Sheres hath, beyond his promise, not only got me a candlestick made me, after a form he remembers to have seen in Spain, for keeping the light from one’s eyes, but hath got it done in silver very neat, and designs to give it me, in thanks for my paying him his 100l. in money, for his service at Tangier, which was ordered him; but I do intend to force him to make me [pay] for it. But I yet, without his direction, cannot tell how it is to be made use of. So after a little reading to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online

Ian. 28. - The curator made an Expt. tending to shew that a body once put into motion would moue perpetually if it met wth noe resistance. this he did by hanging a wheel having a pointed peice of Iron in it on a capped Loadstone and putting it into motion by a pair of bellows, whereby the wheel conteined its motion for a considerable time as hauing but Little resistance which was noe other than tht of the air in which it moued round, It was suggested that it were worth obseruing how the veLocitys of this motion decreased in aequall times. --

about Ioachim Iungius. [ ]…

Jesse  •  Link

Royal Society today: "that it were worth observing"

Why? The answer to that question was only just being formulated in the 17th century. How many of us today have forgotten the answer?

allan russell  •  Link

Sam you are a modern man. You don't need a user manual for the candle

Grahamt  •  Link

It seems the R.S. have pre-empted both Newton`s First Law and magnetic bearings.

JWB  •  Link

Newton credited Galileo's study of inertia as
source of 1st Law.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"in thanks for my paying him his 100l. in money, for his service at Tangier"

The payment was for work on the mole. (L&M)

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