A New System of Chemical Philosophy

A New System of Chemical Philosophy

by John Dalton


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A New System of Chemical Philosophy by John Dalton

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 2 was published in 1827. It contains sections examining the weights and structures of two-element compounds in five different groups: metallic oxides; earthly, alkaline and metallic sulphurets; earthly, alkaline and metallic phosphurets; carburet; and metallic alloys. An appendix contains a selection of brief notes and tables, including a new table of the relative weights of atoms. A planned second part was never published. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108019675
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences Series
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author


Carrboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

December 10, 1963

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri


B.A. in English, University of Missouri, 1987; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa, 1993

Table of Contents

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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