Pith Balls

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Pith-ball Electroscope
... A pith-ball electroscope, invented by British weaver's apprentice John Canton in 1754, consists of a small ball of some lightweight nonconductive substance, originally a spongy ... The ball is suspended by a silk thread from the hook of an insulated stand ... on an object, the object is brought near to the uncharged pith ball ...

Famous quotes containing the words balls and/or pith:

    I count those feathered balls of soot
    The moor-hen guides upon the stream,
    To silence the envy in my thought;
    And turn towards my chamber, caught
    In the cold snows of a dream.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
    And thus the native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
    And enterprises of great pith and moment
    With this regard their currents turn awry,
    And lose the name of action.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)