Wimshurst Machine

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The Wimshurst Machine is an electrostatic device to generate high voltages. “It consists of two circular glass plates, mounted on a common spindle, and capable of rotation in opposite directions with equal speeds. Each plate carries twelve or sixteen strips of thin sheet-metal, fixed radially at regular intervals apart ... At the extremities of the horizontal diameter of the plates the main conductors are placed, insulated on glass or vulcanite pillars.” -Hazeltine, 1894


Hazeltine, Mayo W. Chambers' Encyclopedia (New York, NY: Collier, 1894)


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