Punch,  10 (1846), 125.

As Astronomer in a Fix



Reportage, Drollery


Astronomy, Meteorology, Magnetism, Measurement

    Reports on a Glasgow Herald article describing the experiences of John P Nichol. The 'local Herschel for Scotland' failed to understand how, during a recent hurricane, scientific instruments and 'the magnetic house' were carried about by the wind, but there was 'no commotion in the atmosphere'. Thinks Nichol's attribution of the phenomena to a 'storm of translation' is a 'comfortable way of consoling one's self for having one's house blown about one's ears'.

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