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as the foundation of that side of medical and surgical the author before his work was in the printer's hands. 5 practice which is based on a sound knowledge of regional do not say that a perusal of it would have called for a: anatomy. The incomplete recognition of the physio- further notice than a reference. Symbolic methods come logical aspect of anatomy is, we think, the weak part of
in for their due meed of recognition and employment. The
author satisfies himself with referring the student to use the book, and it is especially shown in the scanty notice
table of contents for the topics included and the orde which is taken of the action of the muscles and their pursued in treating them. The work consists of twelv association with the movements of the joints.
chapters divided up into twenty-four sections: i. (1) diTo enable both these lines of anatomical study to be cusses the nature and meaning of a differential equaliapursued, the student is accustomed to employ at least
between two variables ; ii. (2, 3, 4,) equations of the his two text-books; the one in connection with his syste- of the first degree, (5) singular solutions (discriminaz.
order and degree ; iii. equations of the first order, but nur matic work, the other as a guide to the dissection of the
cusp-, tac, and node-loci), (6) Clairaut's equation, body. Prof. Macalister apparently expects, as, indeed, geometrical applications, orthogonal trajectories; iv. A he states in his preface, that his text-book should stand equations of the second order ; v. (9, 10) linear equation in the place of the two customarily employed. We doubt, with constant coefficients, in (10) symbolic methods are however, whether this expectation will be fulfilled. For his employed ; vi. (11-13) linear equations with variable cotext-book, in addition to what is essential in topographical hypergeometric series ; ix. (17) special forms of differentia
efficients ; vii. (14, 15) solutions in series ; viii. (16: the description, by containing an account of the microscopic equations, as Riccati's equation (due reference is made to structure of tissues and organs, a section on embryology, Dr. Glaisher's classical paper in the Phil. Trans. for 181. and a detailed description of the bones, is necessarily a Bessel's equation, and Legendre's equation (reference a work of considerable size and weight, and too cumber- made to text-books and memoirs) ; X. (18-20) equatias some to be conveniently carried to and fro by the student, ential equations of the first order ; xii. (23, 24) partial dr.
involving more than two variables; xi. (21, 22) partial de as is required with a dissecting-room manual. On the ential equations of higher order. Examples for pracuce whole, therefore, we prefer the old and well-accustomed added at the end of each section. Though Prof. Joheso lines on which text-books have for so long been written, cannot lay claim to have made here any additions to to Prof. Macalister's modified plan.
knowledge of the subject, he has produced an excel But whilst expressing our inability to regard the method introductory hand-book for students, and this, we expect. which has been followed in the descriptive anatomy of We have omitted to state that all use of the compita
was the object he proposed to himself in its compilatica the soft parts as an improvement on the customary variable is eschewed. arrangement of systematic text-books, we recognize with
The Land of an African Sultan : Travels in More pleasure the clearness of the descriptions and the many
1887, 1888, and 1889. By Walter B. Harris, F.R.G. suggestive hints, both morphological and practical, which (London: Sampson Low and Co., 1889.) the book contains. The volume is profusely illustrated A GOOD deal has been written about Morocco lase, with upwards of eight hundred wood-cuts, about one half and Mr. Harris's volume is an interesting, although not a of which are original figures.
very important, contribution to the literature of the subieu. He describes first a journey through northern Moroca,
then a journey with H.B.M. Special Mission to the court OUR BOOK SHELF.
of the Sultan'at Morocco city, next a visit to Wazan med A Treatise on Ordinary and Partial Differential Equa- a ride to Sheshuan; and in a final chapter he sums up
tions. By W. W. Johnson. (London: Macmillan, the impressions produced upon him by the Moors and the 1889.)
country. In the chapter on his ride to Sheshuan, le de We have read Prof. Woolsey Johnson's work with some
scribes a place which had been "only once before Lorked interest : his style is clear, and the worked-out examples to have produced an exhaustive work on Morocco; bu
upon by Christian eyes." Mr. Harris does not pretend well adapted to elucidate the points the writer wishes to bring out. He appears to recognize Boole, but, so far as
he presents clearly what he himself has had opportunities the text is concerned, does not acknowledge the existence
of observing of Mr. Forsyth's fine work. We do not say that he was Wayside Sketches. By F. Edward Hulme, F.L.S., F.S.... under any obligation to do so, but nowadays we are so (London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge accustomed to see a list of authors upon whom a writer 1889.) has drawn that we missed it here.“ An amount of space This is a pleasantly conversational book on all sorts of somewhat greater than usual has been devoted to the subjects more or less connected with natural history at geometrical illustrations which arise when the variables country life: birds, caterpillars, Aowers, snow-crystals are regarded as the rectangular co-ordinates of a point and the forms of clouds, all come in for a share of attenThis has been done in the belief that the conceptions tion. Without having'any scientific pretensions of: peculiar to the subject are more readily grasped when own, the book may well serve to rouse a first interest in embodied in their geometric representations. In this many branches of science. The numerous illustraties connection the subject of singular solutions of ordinary
are very good indeed. differential equations, and the conception of the characteristic in partial differential equations may be particularly mentioned.” This is certainly the most prominent feature
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. of the early chapters, and it is, to our mind, clearly put (The Editor does not hold himself responsible for opinions a before the student. Reference is duly made to Prof. pressed by his correspondents. Neither can he undertak Cayley's work in the Messenger of Mathematics (vol. ii.),
to return, or to correspond with the writers of, ret? which initiated the present mode of treatment of the sub
manuscripts intended for this or any other part of Narut, ject, but not to Dr. Glaisher's “ Illustrative Examples”
No notice is taken of anonymous communications.] (vol. xii.), nor to Prof. M. J. M. Hill's paper (London
Influenza. Math. Soc. Proc., vol. xix.), in which the theorems stated The following paragraph, taken from Sir David Brewster's by Prof. Cayley are proved. This paper, though read "Life of Sir Isaac Newton," is not uninteresting at the presse before the Society, June 14, 1888, may not have reached time :
Jan. 23, 1890]
"Some light has been recently thrown on the illness of
Osteolepidæ. Newton by Dr. Dowson, of Whitby, who, at a meeting of the
Your reviewer R. L. is mistaken in condemning so absolutely Philosophical Society there on the 3rd of January, 1856, read a
the above form. The word “Osteolepus ” would be a legitimate On the Supposed Insanity of Sir Isaac Newton,' in
adjective expressing the same idea as the substantive Osteolepis ; wäich he has shown that the malady with which he was afflicted
and the patronymic of the "Osteolepi” would be simply in September 1693 was probably influenza or epidemic catarrhal
Osteolepidæ," and not “Osteolepididæ. lever, which prevailed in England, Ireland, France, Holland,
It may be useful for R. L. and some others to apprehend this zad Flanders in the four last months of 1693. This distemper, principle in word-building-viz. that compound Greek adjectives which lasted from eight or ten days to a month, was so general,
do not take the lengthened genitive as root ; thus the correct that "lew or none escaped from it'; and it is therefore probable, as
Latin equivalent for the corresponding Greek adjective is not Dr. Dowson believes, that Newton's mental disorder was merely
but “echinodermus," not " distomatus' the delirium which frequently accompanies a severe attack of but « distomus. Hence, the correct form for the neuter plural influenza. See Dr. Theophilus Thomson's · Annals of Influenza
of the former is “Echinoderma ;” and for the neuter singular of of Epidemic Catarth in Great Britain,' published in 1852 by the latter is Distomum. And it would be wrong to write “ Disthe Sydenham Society. See also the Philosophical Transactions
tomatidæ" as the family name, and correct to write “ Distofor 1094, vol. xviii. pp. 105-115." W. GREATHEED.
midæ." Hence Osteolepidæ and the like are admissible, since
the substantive (of questionable form itself) in -is. ABOUT forty-five years ago I paid a visit with a friend to the
R. L. + E. laboratory of the celebrated chemist Prof. Schonbein, the discoverer of ozone in the atmosphere and the cause of influenza.
Exact Thermometry. Jul prior to our visit the Professor had obtained some ozone, and had inhaled it for the purpose, as he said, of giving himself Since the publication of my letter in NATURE (December 19, insidenta, in order to ascertain how it would affect him. We 1889, p. 152) on the cause of the rise of the zero-point of a thertoth distinctly observed most of the ordinary symptoms of the mometer when exposed for a considerable time to a high
AUGUSTUS HARVEY. temperature, two letters on the same subject have appeared, one 12 Landridge Road, Fulham, January 17.
from Mr. Herbert Tomlinson (January 2, p. 198), the other from
objections to the plastic theory.
Mr. Tomlinson considers that my experiments seem to leave
no doubt that compression, due to the plasticity of the glass, is not
the main cause of the rise of the zero-point, but he considers that in water, having been seen ; and I think the following letter,
it is not merely the prolonged heating, but also the change of from an old student of mine of sixteen years ago, may interest your readers.
temperature (heating or cooling), that is effective in bringing The University, Glasgow, January 7.
about the change. I have not yet had time to make any special
experiments to test this point, but I may perhaps mention that On September 18, 1889, I saw a rainbow, caused, not by the
such data as I possess seem rather to point to the conclusion that direct rays of the sun, but by their reflection from the sea.
long.continued steady heating is more effective than alternate We were at the height of 900 feet ; the sky was all clouded heating or cooling. As the following experiment, made about a except along the western horizon ; the sun, an hour before set
year ago, seems to bear on the point, I give the results :ting, was hidden; but its rays were reflected from the sea. A Approximate
6 6 3
31 6 6 drizzle was falling, and my companion was remarking how strong
time in hours. the ligin from the sea was, when it occurred to me that it might Rise of zero- } 1°•60°:15 0°•85 09:5 0°:1 1°2 oo oo give a bow. And there it was behind us—not the usual recum- point beat bow, less than a semicircle, but an overhanging one, greater Two other thermometers, heated each day for about six hours, than a semicircle. The clouds were drifting from the west, so showed after nine days rises of zero-point of 3°:8 and 4°'I rethat the sun came into view ; and the usual rainbow became spectively, but in these cases the change was apparently not visible with its secondary bow; so that three rainbows were seen quite complete. The temperature was in each case 280°, and
cat. The sea-bow and the usual bow were identical at the all these thermometers belonged to the same batch as those horizon. The angle between them was greater than the sun's employed in my experiments already described in NATURE.
Prof. Mills does not regard the experiments as conclusive, but criticizes my results in the following words : “ The zero move. ment, however, only ranged from 1° to 1°:2—small readings which might very possibly have been obtained, or not, on either of the thermometers at other times.' This criticism, in striking contrast to the rest of the letter, appears to be rather unkind either to me or to my thermometers, I hardly know which. I sincerely hope that none of my thermometers are capable of such erratic behaviour as to show changes of zero-point of r° (or even twice this amount if the plastic theory is correct) without extraordinary treatment, or that my readings of temperature are reliable only to within 1° or so. But to make the matter more certain, I will continue the heating of the two thermometers, A and C, under the same conditions as before, and will also heat
two more thermometers under similar conditions to about 360°. anguiar height, but not double. It seemed as if the complemen- Prof. Mills mentions the very curious behaviour of lead-glass tary segment of the rim had been folded up from beneath into thermometers at different temperatures, but his objection on that view, but that the colours were not reversed. The sea-bow was score to the temperature 280° does not seem to apply, as my just as bright as the secondary bow, which it intersected. thermometers are all made of soft German soda-glass. It may,
From the fact that the three were seen together, for over 3 however, be useful to heat two more thermometers to a temperamingic, at least in part, I would argue that it is no unusual ture of about 220° in order to compare the total rise with that at sigtit, and that in Scotland, where bows are so frequent, and 280° and 360° plenty of comparatively smooth water available, this sea-bow With regard to the statement that the final state of a thermomay be looked for and seen.
meter kept at the ordinary temperature for an infinite time I may mention, also, that I saw a fourth bow that evening. would differ from that of the same thermometer after being subAfter the sun had set, a bow of one colour, an orange-pink, took jected to prolonged heating at a high temperature, I am not the place of the usual bow. The source of light, I thought, was prepared to give a decided opinion either one way or the other, 2 cloud just over the place where the sun had set.
but it does appear to me to be rather a daring procedure to
WILLIAM SCOULLER. make observations of the minute changes of zero-point over a S6 Calle de la Independencia, Valparaiso, November 9, 1889. few years, and to extrapolate from a decade or so to eternity.
Total rise of zero 4°4
I am also quite willing to admit that there may he other involuntary host of Dr. Lewis's Filaria, and his leg the sexo o causes tending to raise the zero-point besides the equalization of Elephantiasis lymphangiectodes, accompanied by hypertrophy tension, such, for instance, as the chemical changes alluded to of many integumentary structures of the limb. Oak-spanzica by Prof. Mills ; but I should like to ask, as I am ignorant on the on the other hand, are 10 my mind comparable to the circle point, whether there is any experimental evidence of their nests of ringworm, or to the sprouting epithelium of a l'erm: nature or existence.
SYDNEY YOUNG. necrogenetica. Such comparisons may be of liitle scienuta University College, Bristol, January 11.
value, yet I take it they are as useful in their place as atien to gauge the amount of " disinterestedness" shown by a calitse
when it becomes the unwilling host of the gall-producing Foreign Substances attached to Crabs.
W. AIXSLIE HOLLIS. IN your issue of December 26, and also in exhibiting his
Brighton, December 30, 1889. collection of crabs before the Linnean Society, Mr. Pascoe cast some doubt on the function of the two pairs of modified legs of Dromia vulgaris, which are usually supposed to be adapted to
The Evolution of Sex, the retention of the sponge with which it covers its carapace. The interesting note of Mr. M. S. Pembrey in your issue ni
That these legs were really used for this purpose I was enabled January 2 (p. 199), induces me to draw the attention of you to observe, during my stay at the zoological station in Naples correspondent to a short paper of mine just published up 13 last winter. I had in my tank several specimens, in some of
course of publication) in the This, where I communicated b which the sponge had also extended on to the ventral surface, experiences of a friend, who had hatched a series of pare over the edge of the carapace, thus securing a firm hold apart
eggs, belonging to the genus Ecletus, in which the youtz from the action of the legs. In all specimens, however, there
males are green, the young feinales ret. It is remarkable to are seen, when the sponge is removed, which requires con- by far the larger number of the birds hatched were males I siderable force, two oblique depressions into which the legs fit,
each case only two eggs were laid, and the breeder himself, wib giving them thus a distinct hold on the sponge. If the latter be, however, removed from the animal but left in haiche consisted of male birds. As there are still many embursa
out being able to tell why, is of opinion that nearly all de the tank, the crab soon sets to work to regain possession of its
of those Eclectus in my hands, the sex of which is not yet covering, and can be seen to use its modified hinder pairs of termined, I hope to be able to make known the result of my 13legs most effectually for this purpose. It would seem therefore vestigation later, whether the pairs are always males, or alwa; beyond doubt that these modified legs serve not only for holding females, or consist of a male and a female bind, at least sometimo on the sponge, but also for getting hold of a new sponge, should
Meanwhile, I should be glad to hear if anything more is ktores the old one get injured or die, as must happen not unfrequently.
about the sexes of birds which lay only two eggs at a time. F. ERNEST WEISS.
A. B. MEYER The Zoological Laboratory, University College, January 6.
Royal Zoological Museum, Dresden, January 5.
" Manures and their Uses." I am sorry if I unintentionally misrepresented the opinions of Prof. Romanes and Dr. St. George Mivart in suggesting that
Allow me to thank the well-known writer “W." for les they wished to assail the theory of natural selection in their
review of the above-mentioned book. "W." does not bu's recent communications to NATURE on this subject. They must,
with the view that “ farmyard manure is erroneously suppur however, pardon me for saying that I still think the extract to contain all the necessary plant-foods required for the grow'h to which I alluded in my note admits this interpretation. As
of plants." I believe, with M. Ville and others, that the my views of the relations of gall-formation to the theory of farmer who uses nothing but larmyard manure exhansts that natural selection are clearly at variance with those of your corre.
land.” 'W." speaks of this as an "obvious fallacy." If spondents, perhaps you will allow me space to give briefly the statement is wrong, would " W." kindly answer tht quoa! 3 grounds upon which I base my conclusions.
given on p. 76 of the book in question. The quotation "rues There are in England about ninety well-known varieties of
as follows: galls, and of this number fully a third are found in the oak. “M. Grandeau (the French agricultural authority) recensis About half the oak.galls are formed on growing leaves. In estimated that one year's crop in France represents 295 220 nearly one-third of the total number the grub is hatched, and
tons of phosphoric acid, of which only 151,200 tons were » the gall is fashioned in a developing bud. We can readily covered from the stable dung. thus leaving a deficit of 147,00 imagine, in the case of a tree with deciduous leaves, that the tons, equal to over one million tons of superphospłale, tot presence of a sew galls upon its foliage would not greatly affect made good by other means. its chances of survival, is its fitness was in other respects com
“M. Grandeau also estimated that the entire pumber of fara plete. It is otherwise when a gall occupies the position of a
animals in France in 1882, representing a live weight developing bud, especially when the bad is a terminal one. In 6,240,430 tons, had accumulated from their food 193,453 tons of this case there occurs coincidently with, and as a result probalıly mineral matter containing 76,820 tons of phosphoric an.. of, the adventitious formation, an arrest of normal developmen:
These figures give some idea of the enormous quantes O DO* and growth. Indeed, I believe “the gnarled and twisted oak"
phoric acid required to restore to the soil what is continues owes many of its gnarls and most of ihe twists to the common being carried away by the crops sold off the larm." cak-apple and other bud-galls. If a tree endowed with less
li must be borne in mind that in the above estimates, M. developmental vigour and with fewer supplementary buds than Grandeau includes the purchase of oil cakes and other feedia the oak had been exposed to the repeated attacks of the insects stuffs. Therefore, if farmyard manure only contains about hat for many generations in a struggle for existence, it would doubt- the amount of phosphoric acid (to say nothing of nitrogen, less have long ago succumbed, and it would have done so by a potash, &c.) required to retain the land in a seriile condition process of natural selection operating in the ordinary manner,
how can I have attached “100 much prominence to chemica and not “at the end of a long lever of the wrong kind,” what. manures, and too little importance to stock-feeding as a man ired ever that may mean. This selective process in the case of gall. agency "?
A. B. GRIFFE bearing trees has left possible traces of its action to-day, for I [DR. GRIFFITHS assumes that because, as asserted by M am unaware that any other English tree than the oak is attacked Grandeau, the balance of sertilizing matter in France sur by terminal bud-galls. The terminal leas-galls of certain Salices the land, "the farmer who uses nothing but farmyard touch and Conifers can scarcely affect their growth and development exhauses his land." This is arguing from general prin curtes to the same extent as the bud-galls. When we compare pathological tumours in the higher animals special cases, and there is no sequence in his reasoning. .
nation may be rushing to ruin, bar that does not preveal at with these vegetable excrescences, we must make due allowances dividual from growing rich. Phosphates and nitrates muy for the different conditions under which each lives. I cannot
diminishing, but that does not prevent them from accumulation then see that the “morpholugical specialization of galls, 01 any particular farm. We traverse Dr. Griththa's sia:emej which, for the most part, are composed of hypertrophied repro- without qualification, that the farmer who uses nothing else is ductions of the simpler vegetable tissues, is grcater than that sarmyard manure exhausts his land. We believe he imprors exhibited by man himself, when, for instance, he becomes the his land. - THE REVIEWER.)
ent order of phenomena. As the temperature rises, the deflection on the galvanometer diminishes very slowly
till a high temperature is attained ; then the rate of WHE THEN one considers that the magnetic property is decrease is accelerated until, as the temperature at
peculiar to three substances—that it is easily which the sudden change occurred for small forces destroyed by the admixture of some foreign body, as is reached, the rate of diminution becomes very manganese-one would naturally expect that its existence rapid indeed, until, finally, the magnetism of the would depend also on the temperature of the body. This iron disappears at the same time as for small forces. is found to be the case. It has long been known that iron Instead of following the magnetization with constant remains magnetic to a red heat, and that then it somewhat forces for varying temperatures, we may trace the curve suddenly ceases to be magnetic, and remains at a higher of magnetization for varying forces with any temperature temperature non-magnetic. It has long been known that we please. Such curves are given in Diagrams 9 and 10. the same thing happens with cobalt, the temperature of In the one diagram, for the purpose of bringing out change, however, being higher; and with nickel, the tem- different points in the curve, the scale of abscissæ is 20 perature being lower. The magnetic characteristics of times as great as in the other. You will observe that the iron at a high temperature are interesting. Let us return effect of rise of temperature is to diminish the maximum to our ring, and let us suppose that the coils are insulated magnetization of which the body is capable, slowly at with a refractory material, such as asbestos paper, and that the ring is
WROUGHT IRON made of the best soft iron. We are
MAGNETISING FORCE 0-3. now in a position to heat the ring to a high temperature, and to experiment upon it at high temperatures in exactly
10000 the same way as before. The temperature can be approximately determined by the resistance of one of the copper coils. Suppose, first, that the current in the primary circuit which we use for magnetizing the ring is small : that from time to time, as the ring is heated and the temperature rises, an experiment is made by reversing the current in the primary circuit
, and observing the deflection of the galvanometer needle. At the ordinary temperature of the air the deflection is comparatively small; as the temperature increases the deflection also increases, but slowly at first ; when the temperature, however, reaches something like 600° C., the galvanometer deflection begins very rapidly to increase, until, with a temperature 3000 of 770 C., it attains a value of no less than 11,000 times as great as the deflection would be if the ring had been
2000 made of glass or copper, and the same exciting current had been used. Of course, a direct comparison of 11,000 10 i cannot be made : to make it, we must introduce resistance into the secondary circuit when the iron is
700 785 800°C used; and we must, in fact, make use of larger currents when copper is used. However, the ratio of the induction in the ca-e of iron to that in the case of copper, at first, and rapidly at the end. It is also very greatly to 770°C., for small forces is no less than 11,000 to 1. Now diminish the coercive force, and to increase the facility mark what happens. The temperature rises another with which the body is magnetized. To give an idea of 15°C. : the detection of the needle suddenly drops to a the magnetizing forces in question, the force for Fig. 8 value which we must regard as infinitesimal in comparison was o‘3; and as you see from Figs. 9 and 10, the force to that which it had at a temperature of 770° C. ; in fact, ranges as high as 60. Now the earth's force in these at the higher temperature of 785° C. the deflection of the latitudes is o 43, and the horizontal component of the galvanometer with iron is to that with copper in a ratio earth's force is oʻ18. In the field of a dynamo machine not exceeding that of 1'14 to 1. Here, then, we have a the force is often more than 7000. In addition to the most remarkable fact : at a temperature of 770° C. the general characteristics of the curve of magnetization, a magnetization of iron 11,000 times as great as that of a very interesting, and, as I take it, a very important, fact non-magnetic substance'; at a temperature of 785° C. comes out. I have already stated that if the ring be sub!ron practically non-magnetic. These changes are shown mitted to a great current in one direction, which current in Fig. & Suppose now that the current in the primary is afterwards gradually reduced to zero, the ring is not in circuit which serves to magnetize the iron had been great its non-magnetic condition, but that it is, in fact, strongly instead of very small. In this case we find a very differ- magnetized. Suppose now we heat the ring, whilst under lozugural Address delivered before the Institution of Electrical En
the influence of a strong magnetizing current, beyond the poder, og l'hursday, January 9. by J. Hopkinson, M.A., 'D.Sc., F.R.S.,
critical temperature at which it ceases to have any magPreudent. Conusued from p. 254
netic properties, and that then we reduce the current to
zero, we may in this state try any experiment we please. cent. of nickel is non-magnetic as it is sure to come from Reversing the current on the ring, we shall find that it is the manufacturer ; that is to say, a substance compounded in all cases non-magnetic. Suppose next that we allow of two magnetic bodies is non-magnetic. Cool it, howthe ring to cool without any current in the primary, when ever, a little below freezing, and its properties change : cold we find that the ring is magnetized ; in fact, it has a it becomes very decidedly magnetic. This is perhaps distinct recollection of what had been done to it before it not so very remarkable: the nickel steel has a low critical was heated to the temperature at which it ceased to be temperature-lower than we have observed in any other magnetic. When steel is tried in the same way with magnetizable body. But if now the cooled material be varying temperatures, a similar sequence of phenomena allowed to return to the ordinary temperature it is mag
netic; if it be heated it is still mag.
netic, and remains magnetic till a tem16000
perature of 580° C. is attained, when
it very rapidly becomes non-magnetic, 14000
exactly as other magnetic bodies do
when they pass their critical tempera12000
ture. Now cool the alloy: it is nonWROUGHT IRON
magnetic, and remains non-magnetic till the temperature has fallen to
below freezing. The history of the TEMPR. 775 TO 767°C
material is shown in Fig. 11, from which it will be seen that from – 20°C.
to 580° C. this alloy may exist in either 4000
of two states, both quite stable-a magnetic and a non-magnetic—and
that the state is determined by whether MAGNETIZING FORCE
the alloy has been last cooled to – 20° 30
C. or heated to 580° C.
Sudden changes occur in other properties of iron at this very critical temperature at which its magnetism disappears. For example, take its elec
trical resistance. On the curve, Fig. 10000 WROUGHT IRON
12, is shown the electrical resistance
of iron at various temperatures, and 80000 중
also, in blue, the electrical resistance 6000
of copper or other pure metal. Observe the difference. If the iron is heated, its resistance increases with an accelerating velocity, until, when
near the critical temperature, the rate MAGNETIZING FORCE
of increase is five times as much as 0 1-5
the copper ; at the critical temperature the rate suddenly changes, and it assumes a value which, as far as experiments have gone, cannot be said to
differ very materially from a pure metal. The resistance of manganese steel shows no such change : its temperature coefficient constantly has the value of oʻ0012, which it has at the ordinary temperature of the air. The electrical resistance of nickel varies with temperature in an exactly similar manner. Again, Prof. Tait has shown that the thermo-electric
properties of iron are very anoMAGNETISING FORCE 6-7
malous—that there is a sudden change at or about the temperature at which the metal becomes
non-magnetic, and that before this TEMPERATURE O
600°C temperature is reached the varia
tions of thermo-electric property Fig, 11.
are quite different from a non
magnetic metal. is observed ; but for small forces the permeability rises to Prof. Tomlinson has investigated how many other proa lower maximum, and its rise is less rapid. The critical perties of iron depend upon the temperature. But the temperature at which magnetism disappears changes most significant phenomenon is that indicated by the rapidly with the composition of the steel. For very soft property of recalescence. Prof. Barrett, of Dublin, obcharcoal iron wire the critical temperature is as high as served that if a wire of hard steel is heated to a very 880° C. ; for hard Whitworth steel it is 690° C.
bright redness, and is then allowed to cool, the wire will The properties of an alloy of manganese and iron are cool down till it hardly emits any light at all, and that curious. More curious are those of an alloy of nickel then it suddenly glows out quite bright again, and afterand iron. The alloy of nickel and iron containing 25 per wards finally cools. This phenomenon is observed with