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Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2 In Which the Elements of that Science Are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments   By: (1769-1858)

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The full caption of each Plate is given after its first mention in the text generally a few pages before the Plate's physical appearance, as specified in the caption.

Many terms used in this book are different from today's standard terminology. Note in particular:

oxy muriatic acid = the element chlorine phosphat of lime = calcium diphosphate or the element calcium glucium = the element beryllium

muriatic acid = hydrochloric acid muriat of lime = calcium chloride oxymuriate of potash = potassium chlorate carbonic acid = carbon dioxide

Further details and more examples are at the end of the e text.

Each Volume had its own table of contents. They have been merged for this e text, but the Vol. II title page was retained. Some Conversations were renumbered between the 4th and 5th edition, resulting in the apparent disappearance of Conversations XI and XII.

Typographical errors are listed at the end of the text.]


In Which The Elements Of That Science Are Familiarly Explained And Illustrated By Experiments.


The Fifth Edition, revised, corrected, and considerably enlarged.


London: Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster Row. 1817.

Printed by A. Strahan, Printers Street, London.


The Author, in this fifth edition, has endeavoured to give an account of the principal discoveries which have been made within the last four years in Chemical Science, and of the various important applications, such as the gas lights, and the miner's lamp, to which they have given rise. But in regard to doctrines or principles, the work has undergone no material alteration.

London , July , 1817.


In venturing to offer to the public, and more particularly to the female sex, an Introduction to Chemistry, the author, herself a woman, conceives that some explanation may be required; and she feels it the more necessary to apologise for the present undertaking, as her knowledge of the subject is but recent, and as she can have no real claims to the title of chemist.

On attending for the first time experimental lectures, the author found it almost impossible to derive any clear or satisfactory information from the rapid demonstrations which are usually, and perhaps necessarily, crowded into popular courses of this kind. But frequent opportunities having afterwards occurred of conversing with a friend on the subject of chemistry, and of repeating a variety of experiments, she became better acquainted with the principles of that science, and began to feel highly interested in its pursuit... Continue reading book >>

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