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Who first put a feather & ballbearing in a vacuum?

  1. Mar 30, 2009 #1
    I've got to really thinking about when this experiment was first done in schools...

    During the Apollo 15 mission, David Scott dropped a hammer and feather - and Galileo rolled cannonballs down a slope - but does anyone know who first thought up the most simple, mind-bending school lab experiment of all time? Or when it first got used??

    It's such a classic, I have to know!

    :bugeye:
     
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  3. Mar 30, 2009 #2
    Now I am trying to think when it was done.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2009 #3

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    Hooke invented a decent vacuum pump and was a contemporary of Newton
     
  5. Mar 30, 2009 #4
    I like your thinking... well that was about 1660, so we've narrowed it down to the last 350 years! :wink:
     
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