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William Brownrigg's Papers on Fire-Damps (2010)


In 1741--42, William Brownrigg prepared five papers on fire-damps for the Royal Society in which he articulated a theory of a gaseous state of matter, argued that different sorts of elastic fluid existed, and claimed that atmospheric air was a heterogeneous mixture of various elastic fluids with different properties that had only their elasticity in common. Although these papers were never published, there is a strong possibility that they influenced the later development of pneumatic chemistry, because Henry Cavendish was very probably aware of a good portion of their contents.

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Authors & Contributors
Tomory, Leslie
McCormmach, Russell
Coley, Noel G.
Hayashi, Shin-ichiro
Seitz, Frederick
Quinn, Terry J.
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
RSC Publishing
Oxford University Press
Smithsonian Books
Pneumatic chemistry
Scientific illustration
Experiments and experimentation
Cavendish, Henry
Boyle, Robert
Dalton, John
Brownrigg. William
Fordyce, George
Beddoes, Thomas
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
Great Britain
British Isles
Bath (England)
Royal Society of London
Oxford University
Smithsonian Institution

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