Article ID: CBB001210467

Georg Helm's Chemical Energetics (2012)


Deltete, Robert J. (Author)

Volume: 18
Pages: 23--44

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Chemistry and Mathematics, Part 1”.
Language: English

This essay has three interrelated goals: first, to sketch the basic contours of Georg Helm's energetic theory; second, to describe his attempt in his Grundzüge der mathematischen Chemie. Energetik der chemischen Erscheinungen (1894) to apply that theory to the (then) burgeoning new field of physical chemistry. This is of some interest historically, since Helm's work is the most sophisticated attempt to develop the whole of physical chemistry mathematically from an energetic point of view. Nevertheless, it is seriously flawed technically. Moreover, that development is inconsistent with Helm's considered way of thinking about energy and energetic change. So a third goal of the essay is to explain his mature conception of the goal of energetics. I begin with a brief introduction to Helm and energetics, and end with some general conclusions about the success of Helm's mathematische Chemie.

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Authors & Contributors
Deltete, Robert J.
De Berg, Kevin
Zott, Regine
Simões, Ana I.
Schütt, Hans-Werner
Past, Vello
Dahlemer Archivgespräche
Bulletin for the History of Chemistry
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
HYLE Publications
Yale University
University of Toronto
Physical chemistry
Mathematics and its relationship to science
Discipline formation
Ostwald, Friedrich Wilhelm
Helm, Georg Ferdinand
Hoff, Jacobus Henricus van't
Pauling, Linus Carl
Wheland, George Willard
Wald, Franz
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Cracow (Poland)
Prague (Czechia)
Great Britain
Universität Dorpat
University of Chicago

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