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AbstractFirst proposed in the early 1780s, Richard Kirwan's phlogiston theory was the most successful enunciation of the English pneumatic approach to phlogiston. Phlogiston was identified with a material substance, inflammable air. In this paper, I explore the nature of Kirwan's theory, its...
AbstractThe 1787 Method of Chemical Nomenclature jointly authored by Guyton de Morveau, Lavoisier, BerthoUet and Fourcroy displays a particularly authoritarian approach to nomenclature reform in chemistry. This paper explores the basis for this authority, analysed in institutional and...
AbstractThe purpose of this paper is to reconsider the issue of the creativity of textbook writing by exploring the links between nineteenth-century French textbooks and the quest for a classification of elements. The first section presents the elegant combination of didactic and chemical...
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