Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is noted for his work with gases. He conducted his studies while a student at Oxford and was one of the first to conduct experiments to prove his theories rather than reason his theories out logically. One of his earliest experiments was to produce a vacuum in a sealed container. He was then able to observe the effect of a vacuum on sound.  He published the results of his work in 1600, in a book entitled, New Experiments in Physio-Mechinacall, Touching the Spring of the Air and its Effects.  He is most famous for his gas law.

Boyle’s Gas Law states that as the volume of a gas decreases, the pressure increases proportionally. This law is based on Boyle’s understanding that gas is compressible. Boyle also understood that a gas is not a continuous substance, but is made up of individual particles separated by empty space.

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