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By Bernard Jaffe

This publication is a vintage within the box of renowned technological know-how. common interpreting because the Thirties, it's one of many few historeis of chemistry to pay attention to the lives of the nice chemists. via those dramatic and human tales, it offers an authoritative and wonderful account of the nice discoveries and advances during this medical box. After many printings in 3 prior variations, this publication has been newly revised by way of the writer for this fourth edition.
Beginning with Trevisan and his lifelong look for the "philosopher's stone," the writer narrates the lives and discoveries of such towering figures as Paracelsus and his chemical remedy of disorder; Priestley searching for phlogiston and discovering oxygen and carbon dioxide, Lavoisier making a new language of chemistry; Dalton and his Atomic thought; Avogadro and the assumption of molecules, Mendeleeff arranging the desk of components lower than his Periodic legislation; the Curies separating radium; Thomson getting to know the electron; Moseley and his legislation of Atomic Numbers; Lawrence and the development of the cyclotron; and extra. the most dramatic bankruptcy within the e-book, the account of the advance of nuclear fission, ends the tale of chemistry at its so much enormous success. a last bankruptcy discusses the various outcomes of nuclear fission, the invention of nuclear fusion, and the hot paintings with subatomic particles.
Bernard Jaffe is the writer of many different technological know-how books and several other technological know-how textbooks. Upon the unique book of this e-book, Mr. Jaffe bought the Francis Bacon Award for the Humanizing of data. the yank Chemical Society's background of Chemistry department commemorated him in 1973 with its Dexter Award for "distinguished fulfillment within the background of chemistry."

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By Bernard Jaffe

This publication is a vintage within the box of renowned technological know-how. common interpreting because the Thirties, it's one of many few historeis of chemistry to pay attention to the lives of the nice chemists. via those dramatic and human tales, it offers an authoritative and wonderful account of the nice discoveries and advances during this medical box. After many printings in 3 prior variations, this publication has been newly revised by way of the writer for this fourth edition.
Beginning with Trevisan and his lifelong look for the "philosopher's stone," the writer narrates the lives and discoveries of such towering figures as Paracelsus and his chemical remedy of disorder; Priestley searching for phlogiston and discovering oxygen and carbon dioxide, Lavoisier making a new language of chemistry; Dalton and his Atomic thought; Avogadro and the assumption of molecules, Mendeleeff arranging the desk of components lower than his Periodic legislation; the Curies separating radium; Thomson getting to know the electron; Moseley and his legislation of Atomic Numbers; Lawrence and the development of the cyclotron; and extra. the most dramatic bankruptcy within the e-book, the account of the advance of nuclear fission, ends the tale of chemistry at its so much enormous success. a last bankruptcy discusses the various outcomes of nuclear fission, the invention of nuclear fusion, and the hot paintings with subatomic particles.
Bernard Jaffe is the writer of many different technological know-how books and several other technological know-how textbooks. Upon the unique book of this e-book, Mr. Jaffe bought the Francis Bacon Award for the Humanizing of data. the yank Chemical Society's background of Chemistry department commemorated him in 1973 with its Dexter Award for "distinguished fulfillment within the background of chemistry."

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For eight years this beautiful relationship lasted, and it was during these years that Priestley few weeks later performed his most productive experiments. On this trip to the Continent, Priestley accompanied his patron. While in Paris, Priestley was introduced by Magellan, a descendant of the circumnavigator of the globe, to most of the famous chemists of PRIESTLEY 43 France. In Lavoisier's laboratory, in the presence of a number of natural philosophers, he mentioned some of the startling results of his experiments.

A mind so free of dogma could not stand the strict religious tests applied to candidates for degrees at the universities. After spending four years at Cambridge, where he knew the poet Gray as a classmate, Cavendish left without taking a degree, and went to London. Unlike Priestley, when the phlogiston theory began to crum- he did not cling to it to the last, even though he did not openly accept the newer chemistry of Lavoisier, believing it at best "nearly as good" as phlogistonism. Elusive phlogiston still remained only a word, while all the natural philosophers of Europe and America went hunting for it in every school and private laboratory.

Speaking about this memorable occasion some years later, Priestley said, "I cannot at this distance of time recollect what it was that I had in view in this making experiment; but I had no expectation of the real issue of it. If I had not happened to have a lighted candle before me, I should probably never have made the trial, and the whole train of my future experiments relating to this kind of air might have been prevented. " At this time Priestley had no notion of the real nature of this air.

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