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Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air

Volume 3

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  • Date Published: September 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108063975


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  • 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. Priestley acknowledges that Volume 3 (1777) would more greatly interest those with technical training in the physical sciences as compared with general scholars. It also highlights some new and important inferences, notably on the function of blood in respiration.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108063975
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Of the production of dephlogisticated air from the several metals
    2. Of the phenomena which attend the solution of some of the semi-metals in spirit of nitre
    3. Of the production of dephlogisticated air from earthy substances
    4. An attempt to ascertain the quantity of spirit of nitre, in a given quantity of dephlogisticated air
    5. Observations on respiration, and the use of the blood
    6. Miscellaneous experiments and observations relating to dephlogisticated air
    7. Of the influence of oil of turpentine and spirit of wine on common air
    8. Miscellaneous experiments relating to common air
    9. Of the impregnation of water with nitrous air
    10. Of the absorption of nitrous air by oils, spirit of wine, and caustic alkali
    11. Of the phenomena attending the absorption of nitrous air by acid liquors
    12. Of the processes by which nitrous air is brought into a state in which a candle will burn in it with an enlarged flame
    13. Of the phenomena attending the diminution of nitrous air by iron filings and brimstone
    14. Of the diminution of nitrous air
    15. Of the nitrous acid extracted from nitrous air
    16. Miscellaneous experiments relating to nitrous air
    17. An account of some experiments made in consequence of an attempt to confine the nitrous acid vapour by means of animal oils
    18. Observations on the nitrous acid vapour itself
    19. Of the saturation of water with nitrous vapour
    20. Of the impregnation of oils, and of spirit of wine, with the nitrous vapour
    21. Of the impregnation of the acids, etc., with the nitrous vapour
    22. Of the actions of nitrous vapour upon some solid substances
    23. Various observations relating to the process for making spirit of nitre
    24. Observations relating to the colour and strength of the nitrous acid
    25. Of the effects of the solution of bismuth and of distillation on the nitrous acid
    26. Experiments relating to inflammable air
    27. Observations relating to vitriolic acid air
    28. Observations relating to fluor acid air
    29. Experiments relating to marine acid air
    30. Experiments on the mixture of different kinds of air
    31. Of the effects of fixed air on vegetation, and the colour of rose leaves
    32. Observations relating to the production, or non-production of air
    33. Miscellaneous experiments
    34. Experiments relating to some of the preceding sections, made since they were printed off

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