Bulletin of the Philosophical Society of Washington, Volumes 3-4

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Vols. 6-12 include the Proceedings of the society's Mathematical Section, 1883-1892.

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Page 160 - Although the experiments so far made can only be considered as preliminary to others of a more refined nature, I think we are warranted in concluding that the nature of the rays that produce sonorous effects in different substances depends upon the nature of the substances that are exposed to the beam, and that the sounds are in every case due to those rays of the spectrum that are absorbed by the body.
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Page 149 - I imagine that in some such manner as this a wave of condensation is started in the atmosphere each time a beam of sunlight falls upon lampblack, and a wave of rarefaction is originated when the light is cut off. We can thus understand how it is that a substance like lampblack produces intense sonorous vibrations in the surrounding air, while at the same time it communicates a very feeble vibration to the diaphragm or solid bed upon which it rests.
Page 143 - The great variety of material used in these experiments led me to believe that sonorousness under such circumstances would be found to be a general property of all matter. At that time we had failed to obtain audible effects from masses of the various substances which became sonorous in the condition of thin diaphragms, but this failure was explained upon the supposition that the molecular disturbance produced by the light was chiefly a surface action, and that under the circumstances of the experiments...
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Page 150 - Rayleigh has shown mathematically that a two-and-fro vibration of sufficient amplitude to produce an audible sound would result from a periodical communication and abstraction of heat, and he says : " We may conclude, I think, that there is at present no reason for discarding the obvious explanation that the sounds in question are due to the bending of the plates under unequal heating.

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