Barometer - (Scientific Instrument) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Barometer - (Scientific Instrument) An instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure and, with luck, forecasting weather. The principle of the mercury barometer was discovered, reputedly by accident, by Torricelli c. 1643. By the 1660's experiments were being conducted in England to produce an instrument that would displace the inaccurate weather-glasses of the time. These experiments led to several types of barometer.

Vintage brass decorated Barometer made in West Germany


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