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and that the proper course of action

I saw that one of the best students was gradually satisfying himself that even the best of these instruments* get intoxicated once a day, and that the proper course of action of its caretaker is to let it alone for a while.

* A Thomson (quadrant) electrometer *

ex "A Visit to Professor Ayrton's Laboratory" in the Japan Weekly Mail (October 26, 1878) : 1,129-1,131 (1,130)

William Edward Ayrton (1847-1908 *), Chair of Natural Philosophy and Telegraphy at the Imperial College of Engineering, Tokyo, in the 1870s.

7 August 2016
tags: W. A. Ayrton; fatigue; instruments; intoxication; proper course of action