Balance the Fundamental Verity [NOOK Book]

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing ...
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Balance the Fundamental Verity

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Overview

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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  • BN ID: 2940024068564
  • Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Co .
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1904 volume
  • File size: 301 KB

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IV No Force works aimlessly or wanders away into Extinction — Balance is Supreme in the Small, as well as in the Great, Processes of Nature — Every Physical Transformation includes Exact Equivalence and Compensation. "T T 71THOUT the axiom that ac- V/V/ tion and reaction are equal and opposite, astronomy could not make its exact predictions," says Spencer (First Principles, p. 193). As astronomy discerns the operation of the laws of balance in the remotest regions accessible to human vision, and in the most tremendous phenomena, so chemistry discovers the same accurate adjustments among the smallest particles of matter of which we have any knowledge. Lavoisier is called the founder of modern chemistry. That which distinguishes his work from the work of his predecessors is the more accurate measurement of the materials and forces which are involved in chemical changes, and a more orderly view of these phenomena as perfectly balanced interactions. His work destroyed the theory of " phlogiston," which was inconsistent with natural balance because it introduced a mystic agent — " phlogiston, the spirit of fire " — having unnatural properties contradictory of the law of action and reaction. The problem of oxidation puzzled chemists in Lavoisier's day. The rapid action of fire and the slow rusting of a metal were seen to be closely akin, but the cause was elusive. It was necessary to learn that the essential of both processes is oxygen, coming from the air or some other source; and that there is no actual loss or gain in the process of oxidation. This truth led to the broader knowledge that, in every chemical transformation, whatever disappears in one form, reappearsin another;that every manifestation of force is due to a disturbance of balance among the minute, invisible p...
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