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Hydrostatic Paradox

Hydrostatic Paradox, the old name given to the multiplication of force by transmission through liquid. The intensity is unaltered, but if the bearing surface is increased the total value of the force on that surface is proportionately increased. If motion is produced by the action of the greater force, there will be no multiplication of the available energy by transmission through the liquid; what is gained in force is lost in distance traversed, as in the analogous case of the simple lever.