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Physics lecture #87 - Barlow's Wheel
Physics lecture #87 - Barlow's Wheel

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Challenge: 100 Years Old (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Date: Mar 5, 2009
Aperture: f5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

From the collection of a physics professor at William and Mary

The spinning object is called Barlow's Wheel or, in French, "Roue de Barlow" It is probably the earliest example of an electric motor. A puddle of mercury at the lowest point of the wheel completes the circuit through one spoke at a time. The flat horseshoe magnet provides the magnetic (V X B) force. I think it is about 1870.

Place: 60 out of 184
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Views since voting: 2479
Views during voting: 280
Votes: 171
Comments: 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2009 05:37:10 PM
I like the way the shadow looks like a man with a wheel.
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03/15/2009 12:23:35 PM

Thanks for posting this.
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03/14/2009 12:41:40 AM
Beautifully photographed to make use of the shadow.
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03/12/2009 09:56:13 PM
Very nice shadow effect.
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03/10/2009 02:02:01 PM
I'll have to go look up some info on what this is. Looks interesting.
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03/10/2009 02:27:59 AM
Wonderful shadow. Very interesting and intriguing object. The surface is a little buckled so it's a little distracting, as are the creases at the curved edge.
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03/09/2009 11:47:30 AM
Excellent photo of a 19th century invention. Well done, especially the shadow. 9
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03/09/2009 09:25:50 AM
You have managed to avoid what a lot of the other shots in this challenge have suffered from and that is ending up with a photo which simply documents the item. You have a great use of shadow and lighting here, which compliment what is already an interesting (and unusual) object. I don't know what this is, but I can only assume it's part of some light experiment. 8 from me.
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03/09/2009 09:24:17 AM
nice shadow, makes it more interesting.
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03/09/2009 12:32:18 AM
The shadow makes this one stand out
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