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Luce, colori e coloranti nella chimica del Settecento (2013)


Unlike in modern physics, the “secondary qualities” (John Locke) of bodies – colour, smell, taste, sound, heat, cold, expansivity, inflammability, etc. – played a very important role in chemical theory, with regard to the knowledge of natural substances and their transformations. Colour, in particular, performed the task of an actual “principle of identification” of both the former and the latter. This happened within multiple and diverse viewpoints related to various chemical and physical theories, but also to artistic and manufacturing practices of a chemical kind (dyeing, painting, glass-work, metallurgy, etc.). Furthermore, the problem of the theoretical foundations of the perceivable qualities of bodies was central also in the eighteenth-century debate between the advocates of phlogistic chemistry and those of pneumatic chemistry.

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Authors & Contributors
Lowengard, Sarah
Giudice, Franco
Ben-Chaim, Michael
Lambert, Johann Heinrich
DiLaura, David L
Garber, Margaret D.
Perspectives on Science
British Journal for the History of Science
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
V&R Unipress
Springer International Publishing
Color theory
Science and art
Newton, Isaac
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Macquer, Pierre Joseph
Lambert, Johann Heinrich
Marci, Johannes Marcus
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
13th century
20th century
Great Britain
British Isles

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