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Chemical History of a Candle

Chemical History of a Candle - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486425429

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ISBN10: 0486425428
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Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Published: 2002
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Chemical History of a Candle - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0486425429

Michael Faraday

ISBN13: 978-0486425429
ISBN10: 0486425428
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

One of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, Michael Faraday (1791-1867) developed the first electric motor, electric generator, and dynamo--essentially creating the science of electrochemistry. This book, the result of six lectures he delivered at London's Royal Institution, concerns another form of energy--candlelight. Faraday titled the lectures "The Chemical History of a Candle," choosing the subject because, as he explained, "There is not a law under which any part of this universe is governed which does not come into play and is not touched upon [during the time a candle burns]." That statement is the foundation for a book that explores the components, function, and weight of the atmosphere; the function of a candle wick; capillary attraction; the carbon content in oxygen and living bodies; the production of carbon dioxide from coal gas and sugar; the properties of carbonic acid; respiration and its analogy to the burning of a candle; and much more. Unabridged republication of A Course of Six Lectures on the Chemical History of a Candle, originally published by Chautauqua Press, New York, n.d. New Introduction. Numerous illustrations.

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