By Burlingame R
Mr. Burlingame is a well known medical author and biographer whose books comprise "Machines That equipped America". He turns the following to the natural study of scientists who've un-covered the elemental evidence with which the inventors, in flip, have later been in a position to in achieving the awesome issues that a lot of us
often take without any consideration
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Just before starting work at the Academy, Henry spent a few days in N e w York. One of his biographies has suggested that he may have gone there for relaxation—a last good time before he assumed his arduous duties in Albany—or, perhaps, simply for sightseeing. But Henry's idea of a good time differed from that of most young men. For him, there were more instructive things in the big city than the taverns or the theatres, and Joseph was seldom diverted from his passionate search for knowledge. The New York sight that most stirred him was an electromagnet made by William Sturgeon of England—a prized possession of one of Henry's acquaintances.
It is said that, but for an accident, he might have become an important actor. Such guesses, however, are hardly worth much attention; the accidents that do determine a man's career in the direction of his genius nearly always happen, and perhaps they are not accidents at all but a kind of secret working of the will. But in Joseph Henry's groping years of early adolescence, his dramatic interests seemed to dominate him. Inspired by his reading of fiction, he wrote plays, produced them, and acted in them; contrived ingenious stage sets and lighting; and organized a dramatic society.
Delivered lectures on natural philosophy from the pulpit of the College Chapel. . I heard from him (Aet. 15 and 16) that water contains a great amount of heat which does not make the water any hotter to the touch or to the thermometer; that this heat comes out of the water when it freezes and still the freezing water is not warmed by the escaping heat. . This appeared to me very surprising; and still more astonishing did it appear that boiling water cannot be made any hotter by urging the fire.