The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 2 [of 3]

By Benjamin Franklin

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PLATE IX. Remedies for Smoky Chimnies 269

PLATE X. Stove for Burning Pit-Coal 297

PLATE XI. A Magic Square of Squares 327

PLATE XII. A Magic Circle of Circles 328


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117 penult. for preceding day, read the preceding day.
254 17: for the annexed cut, read Plate VIII.
276 11: for Plate I, read Plate IX.
293 23: for Fig. 13, read Fig. 10.
318 9: for descent, read decent.
326 5: for Plate XI, read Plate V. Fig. 3.







_Physical and Meteorological Observations, Conjectures and

Read at the Royal Society, June 3, 1756.

The particles of air are kept at a distance from each other by their
mutual repulsion.

Every three particles, mutually and equally repelling each other,
must form an equilateral triangle.

All the particles of air gravitate towards the earth, which
gravitation compresses them, and shortens the sides of the triangles,
otherwise their mutual repellency would force them to greater
distances from each other.

Whatever particles of other matter (not endued with that repellency)
are supported in air, must adhere to the

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