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Short memoirs for natural experimental history of mineral waters

Boyle, Robert

Published by Samuel Smith, London, 1684
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Boyle, Robert (1627-91). Short memoirs for the natural experimental history of mineral waters. 8vo. [18] 112 [14]pp. London: Samuel Smith, 1684/5. 165 x 102 mm. Sheep c. 1685, rubbed, extremities and corners worn, tear in inner margin of rear free endpaper. Light browning & foxing, fore-edge of title a bit frayed, but very good. First Edition. Pages 47-49 of Boyle's Mineral Waters contain what is probably the first account of the technique of spot-test analysis in chemistry. Boyle used these tests to determine the presence of dissolved copper or iron in mineral waters, infusing papers with reactive dyes and observing their changes in color when stained with various waters. "It is apparent that Boyle employed a technique of spot test analysis for detecting the presence of metallic ions in solution not markedly different from that used at the present time. This furnishes still further evidence that Boyle may be regarded as one of the pioneers in the development of qualitative inorganic chemical analysis" (R. G. Neville, in Isis 49 [1958], pp. 438-39). Fulton, Boyle, 159. Partington, Hist. Chemistry, pp. 533-34. Bookseller Inventory # 34818

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Title: Short memoirs for natural experimental ...

Publisher: Samuel Smith, London

Publication Date: 1684

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