By the late eighteenth century, scientists had discovered certain types of gas, such as 'fixed air' (carbon dioxide), but their composition was little understood. Relatively few investigations into gases had taken place, and so the polymath Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) was able to make major breakthroughs in the field using a range of experimental techniques. While living near a brewery, he found that it was possible to outline the shape of the gas above fermenting beer with smoke, and that fire would burn with varying strength depending on the composition of the air. This three-volume collection first appeared between 1774 and 1777. Volume 1 (second edition, 1775) incorporates a brief history of the field of inquiry. Volume 2 (second edition, 1776) includes notes on 'dephlogisticated air' (oxygen), and Volume 3 (1777) highlights some new and important inferences, notably on the function of blood in respiration.
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- Date Published: September 2013
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108064378
- length: 1296 pages
- dimensions: 219 x 161 x 79 mm
- weight: 1.64kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Experiments and Observations Made in, and before the Year 1772
Part II. Experiments and Observations Made in the Year 1773, and the Beginning of 1774.
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