Assorted George Letters

Writer: Michael Faraday, Chemist

Date: 24th October 1850

Recipient: William Bentley George (1814-1882)

                                R[oyal] Institution
                                24. Oct 1850
I am sorry I cannot answer
your question: I do not know what
the three coils [?] you refer to are for
....any variety in turn.
I think that such a work as
Walker’s edition of Lardner on
Electricity would tell you what
you want. You will find the
question far more complicated than
you expect – Iron wire could
not be used in such a case as
it would become magnetic in
the wrong direction & confound the
               I am sir,
               Your Very Obedient Servant
                               M Faraday

W.B. George Esq.


I take my hat off to Faraday for having the courtesy to reply. I suspect that he was showered with nonsensical letters.

Michael Faraday, FRS (1791–1867) was an English chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. Faraday was the first Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution.

A Manual of Electricity, Magnetism and Meteorology by Dionysius Lardner, edited and completed by Charles V. Walker, was published in 1844 as part of the Cabinet Cyclopaedia series.

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