The Chemical Educator

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 263–268 | Cite as

Amedeo Avogadro The Man, the Hypothesis, and the Number

Chemistry and History


Amedeo Avogadro was a multifaceted and prolific scientist active in many areas of physics and chemistry, but most of his results did not make a scientific impact. His hypothesis, “equal volumes = equal number of molecules” remained in obscurity until Cannizaro rekindled it by making it a stepping-stone in the development of the atomic theory.

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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