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Altitude Experiments
Gay-Lussac and Biot carrying out experiments in physics from a height of 4,000 meters.

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Cushing-Whitney Medical Library, the Internet Archive

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Cutaway view of the gondola of the hot-air balloon in which Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac and Jean-Baptiste Biot are sitting.

On August 24, 1804, Gay-Lussac goes on his first balloon ascent in the company of Biot to study terrestrial magnetism. He’ll go on a second one alone on September 16 for further investigations of the Earth’s atmosphere.

The caption reads in the original French: Gay-Lussac et Biot font des expériences de physique à 4 000 mètres de hauteur.

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