Boyle, Robert (1627-91)
He will be forever known for that scientific law named after him, Boyle′s Law, a principle which he published in 1662.
Boyle′s law states:
The volume of a given mass of gas, the temperature being constant, varies inversely as the pressure; or, that the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely proportional.
Boyle′s aspirations for the future:
This list was written in the 1660′s.
- The Art of Flying
- The Recovery of Youth, or at least some of the Marks of it, as new Teeth, new Hair colour'd as in youth
- The cure of diseases at a distance or at least by transplantation
- The practicable and certain way of finding longitudes
- The making armor light and extremely hard
- The acceleration of the production of things out of seed
- Potent druggs to alter of exalt imagination, waking, memory, and other functions, and appease pain, procure innocent sleep, harmless dreams, etc
- Freedom from necessity of much sleeping exemplify′d by the operation of tea and what happens in mad-men
- A ship to saile with all winds, and a ship not to be sunk
- The transmutation of species in mineralls, animals, and vegetables
- The Art of Continuing long under water, and exercising functions freely
- Strength and Agility.....exemplify'd by that of Frantick Epileptick and Hystericall persons
- The making of Parabolicall and Hyperbolicall Glasses
- Perpetuall Light
- Varnishes perfumable by Rubbing
- The emulating of fish without engines by custome and education only
See also: Boyles Gas Law.
- Robert Boyle Project The Homepage of the Robert Boyle Project based at Birkbeck College, University of London.