Amusing NPR Story: When Does a Person Start to Boil?

Yesterday morning, owing to all the dreadful heat throughout the nation, NPR replayed a story that was originally aired a couple of years ago.  As their story goes, 232 years ago some adventurous souls decided to do some experiments.  They built a special room that could maintain a temperature well above the boiling point of water.  Well the story is delightful as is, so I’ll just link to it here:

Being a librarian, I wanted to track down the original journal article that gave the details of this 1775 experiment.  What is neat is that I found two of them and these articles are online full-text in JSTOR!  I’ve provided the bibliographic details below:

Experiments and Observations in an Heated Room By Charles Blagden, M. D. F. R. S.
Charles Blagden
Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775)
Vol. 65, (1775), pp. 111-123
(article consists of 13 pages)
Published by: The Royal Society
Stable URL:

Further Experiments and Observations in an Heated Room. By Charles Blagden, M. D. F. R. S.
Charles Blagden
Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775)
Vol. 65, (1775), pp. 484-494
(article consists of 11 pages)
Published by: The Royal Society
Stable URL:

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