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“I’ve never seen contraptions with so many dials and knobs before”*…

 

control panels

Control room, Klingenberg Power Station, Berlin, 1928. Photos by E.O. Hoppé.

 

Just one selection from the plethora of “dials, toggles, buttons, and bulbs” at “Control Panel.”

* “Lampy,” in The Brave Little Toaster

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As we twist and turn, we might spare a thought for Guillaume Amontons; he died on this date in 1705.  A physicist who made formative contributions to the understanding of friction, he was also an accomplished designer of scientific instruments– perhaps most notably, the air thermometer, which relies on increase in volume of a gas (rather than a liquid) with temperature.  His approach led to the emergence of the concept of “absolute zero.”

amonton thermometer source

Amontons source

 

Written by LW

October 10, 2018 at 10:01 pm

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