isis unveiled: chapter IV (a testimony)

"Truly says de Mirville in his famous reply to the attacks of de Gasparin, Babinet, and other scientists: "and thus according to our great physicists, the tables turn very quickly, very energetically, resist likewise, and, as M. de Gasparin has proved, they levitate without contact. Said a minister: 'With three words of a man's handwriting, [...]

isis unveiled: chapter IV (a testimony)

"There is one thing, though, that Babinet has always stoutly denied, viz.: the levitation of furniture without contact. De Mirville catches him proclaiming that such levitation is impossible: "simply impossible", he says, "as impossible as perpetual motion."   Who can take upon himself, after such a declaration, to maintain that the word impossible pronounced by [...]

isis unveiled: chapter IV (a testimony)

"Now comes the explanation of the eminent scientist. "Gently pushed by little concordant impulsions of the hands laid upon it, the table begins to oscillate from right to left....At the moment when, after more or less delay, a nervous trepidation is established in the hands and the little individual impulsions of all the experimenters have [...]

isis unveiled: chapter IV (a testimony)

"Babinet, Royer, and Jobert De Lamballe, all three members of the Institute, particularly distinguished themselves in this struggle between skepticism and supernaturalism, and most assuredly have reaped no laurels.   The famous astronomer had imprudently risked himself on the battlefield of the phenomenon. He had explained scientifically manifestations. But, emboldened by the fond belief among [...]