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A dissertation on elective attractions


Published by J. Murray, London, 1785
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With 7 folding tables (3 printed, 4 engraved). Complete with emendanda. Contemporary calf, gilt spine, front hinge starting to crack but secure; interior excellent. Bookplates of Arnold Thackray and the Essex Institute on paste-down, and the ownership signature of Francis Peabody, president of the Essex Institute, on the first free endpaper. First edition in English of the author's classic work on elective affinities, Disquisitio de attractionibus electivis. "In the present work he published his important tables of chemical reactions and advanced a simplified version of Macquer's classification of types of reaction. Fourcroy considered this to be one of Bergmann's most important contributions" (Neville). His tables are still considered substantially correct and complete (Duveen).Bergmann (1735-1784), noted Swedish scientist, was the first to recognize the effect of heat on chemical affinities, and to introduce the idea of double affinity. He became a professor of chemistry at the University of Upsala and was a noted contributor to the field of analytical chemistry in particular. Bookseller Inventory # 14845

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Title: A dissertation on elective attractions

Publisher: J. Murray, London

Publication Date: 1785


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