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Acidity: Modes of Characterization and Quantification (2017)


This paper provides an account of early historical developments in the characterization and quantification of acidity, which may be considered preliminary steps leading to the measurement of acidity. In this “pre-history” of acidity measurement, emphasis is laid on the relative independence of the rich empirical knowledge about acids from theories of acidity. Many attempts were made to compare and assess the strengths of various acids, based on concrete laboratory operations. However, at least until the arrival of the pH measure, the quantification attempts failed to produce anything qualifying as a measurement scale of a recognizable type. It is doubtful whether even pH qualifies as a true measure of acidity, when the full meaning of acidity is taken into account.

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Article Daniel Jon Mitchell; Eran Tal; Hasok Chang (2017) The Making of Measurement: Editors’ Introduction. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (pp. 1-7). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Mets, Ave
Ling, Biying
Tamborini, Marco
Tousignant, Noemi
Ziegler, Volker
Watson, Katherine D.
Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Fachgruppe Geschichte der Chemie
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Medical History
History of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Science History Publications
RSC Publishing
Istanbul University
University of Chicago
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Naville, François-Marc-Louis
Udagawa, Yoan
Tertemiz, Serafettin Tevfik
Payen, Anselme
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Labillardière, Jacques-Julien Houtou de
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century, late
20th century
United States
Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk

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