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More options 3 Mar 2000, 09:00
From: "Andrew Kenneth Fletcher"
Subject: A day that went down in history
Herald Express, July 6, 1995, page 19. (local paper in Torbay, Devon)
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A Revolutionary breakthrough claimed by a Paignton man is to be investigated
by top scientists.
Ideas man Andrew K Fletcher claims he has disproved a fundamental law of
physics dating back to the 17th century.
And impressed by the historic experiment at Overgang cliff, Brixham, to
raise water 78 feet without the support of any artificial aids,
John Hunt, Senior forestry Officer for Devon and Somerset who witnessed the
experiment's success last Friday said: 'It was quite impressive.
The rule that water will only rise 32 feet under atmospheric pressure when
in a column was effectively disproved."
But Mr Hunt explained that he is a professional forester not a scientist and
a report on the experiment would be sent to the Forestry commission 's Alice
Holt Research Station,
near Farnham in Surrey, for further investigation.
Mr Fletcher's experiment involves a long water filled plastic tube, strung
up the cliffside with both open ends placed in two filled demijohns.
A small amount of a salt solution is added at the top of the tube
before it is completely filled with water, this acts as a liquid pulley says
Mr Fletcher, lifting water from one demijohn to the other, thereby
disproving Torriceli's 17th century law.
This explains how trees can raise water to their tops beyond the 32 feet
said an ecstatic Mr Fletcher. He believes that the discovery also suggests a
mechanism by which all life on earth has evolved from the ground.
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Cliff experiment pulls plug on 300 year old law of physics