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The renowned English chemist and meteorologist John Dalton (1766–1844) published A New System of Chemical Philosophy in two volumes, between 1808 and 1827. Dalton's discovery of the importance of the relative weight and structure of particles of a compound for explaining chemical reactions transformed atomic theory and laid the basis for much of what is modern chemistry. Volume 1, published 1808–1810, introduces Dalton's atomic theory and includes the results he obtained for the weights and structures of twelve ...

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The renowned English chemist and meteorologist John Dalton (1766–1844) published A New System of Chemical Philosophy in two volumes, between 1808 and 1827. Dalton's discovery of the importance of the relative weight and structure of particles of a compound for explaining chemical reactions transformed atomic theory and laid the basis for much of what is modern chemistry. Volume 1, published 1808–1810, introduces Dalton's atomic theory and includes the results he obtained for the weights and structures of twelve groups of compounds. Volume 2, 1827, contains sections examining the weights and structures of two-element compounds for five different compound groups along with various notes and tables. Dalton's work is a monument of nineteenth-century chemistry. It will continue to be read and enjoyed by anybody interested in the history and development of science.

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John Dalton
John Dalton
A world traveler and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, John Dalton writes with clarity and precision -- offering a debut novel -- Heaven Lake -- that reflects both his deep familiarity with Asian culture and his exquisite craftsmanship.

Biography

John Dalton was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of seven children. Upon graduation from college, he received a plane ticket to travel around the world, and so began an enduring interest in travel and foreign culture. During the late 1980s he lived in Taiwan for several years and traveled in Mainland China and other Asian countries. He attended the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop in the early 1990s and was awarded two fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown as well as a James Michener/Paul Engle Award for his (then) novel-in-progress, Heaven Lake. He presently lives with his wife in North Carolina.

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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Dalton:

"I worked for several years at the Barnes & Noble in Ladue, Missouri."

"When I was 23 and graduated from college, my older brother gave me a plane ticket to travel around the world. I went to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and then on to Europe, traveling mostly on my own."

"I had nothing to do with the invention of the periodic table."

"I play Frisbee golf as a hobby -- I once threw a hole-in-one."

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    1. Hometown:
      Carrboro, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 10, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of Missouri, 1987; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa, 1993
    2. Website:

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Volume 1: Preface; Part I; Section 1. On Heat or Caloric: 1. On temperature, and the instruments for measuring it; 2. On expansion by heat; 3. On the specific heat of bodies; 4. On the theory of the specific heat of elastic fluids; 5. On the quantity of heat evolved by combustion, etc.; 6. On the natural zero of temperature, or absolute privation of heat; 7. On the motion and communication of heat, arising from inequality of temperature; 8. On the temperature of the atmosphere; 9. On the phenomena of the congelation of water; Section 2. On the Constitution of Bodies: 1. On the constitution of pure elastic fluids; 2. On the constitution of mixed elastic fluids; 3. On the constitution of liquids, and the mechanical relations betwixt liquids and elastic fluids; 4. On the constitution of solids; Section 3. On Chemical Synthesis: Part II; Section 4. On Elementary Principles: 1. On oxygen; 2. On hydrogen; 3. On azote or nitrogene; 4. On carbone or charcoal; 5. On sulphur; 6. On phosphorus; 7. On the metals; Section 5. Compounds of Two Elements: 1. oxygen with hydrogen; 2. Oxygen with azote; 3. Oxygen with carbone; 4. Oxygen with sulphur; 5. Oxygen with phosphorus; 6. Hydrogen with azote; 7. Hydrogen with carbone; 8. Hydrogen with sulphur; 9. Hydrogen with phosphorus; 10. Carbone with sulphur, with phosphorus, and sulphur with phosphorus; 11. Fixed alkalies; 12. Earths. Volume 2: Part I; Section 5. Compounds of Two Elements (Continued): 13. Metallic oxides; 14. Earthy, alkaline, and metallic sulphurets; 15. Earthy, alkaline, and metallic phosphurets; 16. Carburets; 17. Metallic alloys; Appendix; Addenda.

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