By James Clerk Maxwell

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This correspondence of properties between the two limits of the insulating medium itself, medium leads us to examine the in order to discover the reason tion at its inner why state of this the electrifica- and outer boundaries should be thus related. In thus directing our attention to the state of the insulating medium, rather than confining it to the inner conductor and the outer sur- we are following the path which led Faraday to electrical discoveries. ] To render our conceptions more definite, we shall begin by supposing a conducting body electrified positively and insulated within a hollow conducting vessel.

The electrode / is connected with the quadrant a and also with d through the wire w. The other electrode, m, is connected with the quadrants The Fig. 2. needle, u, is b and c. kept always at a high potential, generally positive. test the difference of potential To between any body and the earth, one of the electrodes, say m, is connected to the earth, and the other, I, to the body to be tested. The quadrants b and c are therefore at potential zero, the quadrants a and d are at the potential to be tested, and the needle u is at a high positive potential.

Exploration ly means of two dish. ] force not only tends to move electends to transfer electrification from one part But the electromotive trified bodies, it also of a body to another. Take two small equal thin metal disks, fastened to handles of shellac or ebonite ; discharge them and place them face to face in the electric field, with their planes perpendicular to the direction of Bring them into contact, then separate the electromotive force. them and remove them, and one and then the by introducing them the hollow vessel of Ex- test first other into periment VII.

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