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978-0-486-42542-9 / 9780486425429

The Chemical History of a Candle

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Publisher:Dover Publications

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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One of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, Michael Faraday (17911867) developed the first electric motor, electric generator, and dynamo  essentially creating the science of electrochemistry. This book, the result of six lectures he delivered to young students at Londons Royal Institution, concerns another form of energy  candlelight.
Faraday titled the lectures "The Chemical History of a Candle," choosing the subject because, as he explained, "There is not a law under which any part of this universe is governed which does not come into play and is not touched upon [during the time a candle burns]."
That statement is the foundation for a book that describes, with great clarity, the components, function and weight of the atmosphere; the function of a candle wick; capillary attraction; the carbon content in oxygen and living bodies; the production of carbon dioxide from coal gas and sugar; the properties of carbonic acid; respiration and its analogy to the burning of a candle; and much more. There is also a chapter comprising Faraday's "Lecture on Platinum."
A useful classroom teaching tool, this classic text will also appeal to a wide audience interested in scientific inquiry.

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