John Dalton and the rise of modern chemistry

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byHenry Enfield Roscoe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1895 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. Dalton's Earlier Physical And Chemical WORK. Up to the year 1796 we have no evidence that Dalton had taken any special interest in chemical research, or even had carried on any practical laboratory work. His first introduction to the science, giving him an impetus to its study, seems to have been a course of lectures on chemistry which he attended, given in Manchester by Dr. Garnet. From that time onwards, however, both his mind and his hands were alike constantly occupied in endeavouring to obtain a knowledge of the laws which express the chemical and physical properties of gases. Here it was, he plainly saw, rather than in the case of solids or liquids, that light would come, and to this he bent all the powers of his being. These were sterling honesty of purpose, inflexibility of will, clear-sightedness, and complete devotion to his subject. "If," says he in later life, "I have succeeded better than many who surround me, it has been chiefly--nay, I may say, almost solely--from unwearied assiduity. It is not so much from any superior genius that one man possesses over another, but more from attention to study, and perseverance in the objects before them, that some men rise to greater eminence than others." And these words are true enough, although perhaps not expressing the whole truth; for in order to accomplish the greatest things of all something more than mere plodding is wanted. The "Divine Afflatus" must be there, and the scientific imagination must be vivid, if more than a glimpse of Nature's secret ways are to be disclosed. As to how far this power of inspiration was carried in Dalton's case opinions may differ. Some may look upon him only as a slowwitted worker, having but little knowledge or interest beyond the immediate results of hi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1895 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. Dalton's Earlier Physical And Chemical WORK. Up to the year 1796 we have no evidence that Dalton had taken any speci...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217854966

ISBN - 13:9780217854962

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