Sounding the Ocean of Air: Being Six Lectures Delivered Before the Lowell Institute of Boston, in December 1898

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Страница 76 - Shortly after, I laid my arm upon the table, possessed of its full vigour ; but on being desirous of using it I found it powerless — it must have lost its power momentarily.
Страница 77 - Then the instruments became dimly visible, then Mr. Coxwell, and very shortly I saw clearly. Next I arose in my seat and looked around as though waking from sleep, though not refreshed, and said to Mr. Coxwell : ' I have been insensible.' He said, 'You have, and I too, very nearly.
Страница 77 - I dimly saw Mr. Coxwell, and endeavoured to speak, but could not. In an instant intense darkness overcame me, so that the optic nerve lost power suddenly, but I was still conscious, with as active a brain as at the present moment whilst writing this. I thought I had been seized with asphyxia, and believed I should experience nothing more, as death would come unless we speedily descended : other thoughts were entering my mind, when I suddenly became unconscious as on going to sleep.
Страница 76 - I read the drybulb thermometer as minus 5°; after this I could not see the column of mercury in the wet-bulb thermometer, nor the hands of the watch, nor the fine divisions on any instrument. I asked Mr. Coxwell to help me to read the instruments. In consequence, however, of the rotatory motion of the balloon, which had continued without ceasing since leaving the earth, the...
Страница 67 - ... by observing the varying course of the currents of air or winds at certain elevations, to throw some new light on the theory of winds in general.
Страница 118 - ... of paper tied to them, should be let fall at stated periods from some of the higher kites ; which was accomplished by the gradual singeing of a match-line. When engaged in these experiments, though now and then they communicated immediately with the clouds, yet, as this happened always in fine dry weather, no symptoms whatever of an electrical nature came under their observation. The sublime analysis of the thunder-bolt, and of the electricity of the atmosphere, lay yet entirely undiscovered,...
Страница 76 - In consequence, however, of the rotatory motion of the balloon, which had continued without ceasing since leaving the earth, the valve-line had become entangled, and he had to leave the car and mount into the ring to readjust it. I then looked at the barometer, and found its reading to be 9fin., still decreasing fast, implying a height exceeding 29,000 feet. Shortly after...
Страница 118 - Their kites, from four to seven feet in height, and covered with paper, were fastened behind one another, each kite taking up as much line as could be supported, thereby allowing its companion to soar to an elevation proportionally higher. It is related that "the uppermost one ascended to an amazing height, disappearing at times among the white summer clouds, whilst all the rest, in a series, formed with it in the air below such a lofty scale, and that too affected by such regular and conspiring...
Страница 77 - ... writing this. I thought I had been seized with asphyxia, and believed I should experience nothing more, as death would come unless we speedily descended : other thoughts were entering my mind, when I suddenly became unconscious as on going to sleep. I cannot tell anything of the sense of hearing, as no sound reaches the ear to break the perfect stillness and silence of the regions between six and seven miles above the earth.

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