Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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3Lidenbrock:Lid is German for 'eye-lid', brocken, 'crumb, lump (of coal), or scrap' or 'to pluck'; cf. also Leyden jar. Axel: perhaps from axe ('axis'); also lexa ('words') backwards.
4the Johanneum: a famous classical grammar school, founded in Hamburg in 1529 and still in existence. ghelenites, fangasites: neither word seems to be in the dictionaries. The first may even mean 'gelignites' ('gélinites' is a variant spelling in French).
5Davy: see note in ch. 6; Humboldt: Baron von Friedrich H. A. ( 1769-1859), German naturalist and traveller, also worked in Paris, author notably of Kosmos ( 1845), an essay on the physical constitution of the globe; Franklin: Sir John ( 1786-1847), British Arctic explorer, died after discovering Northwest Passage--as proved by an expedition later organized by his wife; Sabine: (later General) Sir Edward ( 1788-1883), British astronomer, accompanied Ross and Parry to Arctic 1818-20, specialist in terrestrial magnetism.

Becquerel: either Antoine César ( 1788-1878), used electrolysis to isolate metals from their ores, or possibly his son and assistant Alexander Edmond ( 1820-91), researched into solar radiation and diamagnetism; Ebelmen: (Verne: 'Ebelman') Jacques Joseph ( 1814-52), French chemist who synthesized precious stones; Brewster: probably Sir David ( 1781-1868), Scottish physicist, invented the kaleidoscope; Dumas: Jean-Baptisre André ( 1800-84), French chemist, noted for his research on vapour density and atomic weight; Milne-Edwards: see note in ch. 37; Sainte-Claire Deville: Henri-Étienne ( 1818-81), chemist specializing in aluminium, and brother of Charles ( 1814-76), French geologist and author of Éruptions actuelles du volcan de Stromboli.

6Tugendbund: 'League of Virtue' ( 1808-16).

Gräuben: Verne wrote 'Graäben' throughout, but, in line with normal German practice, this has been changed to

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