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Mixture and Chemical Combination

And Related Essays

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Part of the book series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science (BSPS, volume 223)

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-2
  2. From the chemical revolution to our time

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 29-29
    2. Simple Substances

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 31-33
    3. The Law of Definite Proportions

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 34-42
    4. Chemical Substitution

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 57-61
    5. Chemical Types

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 62-67
    6. Isomers and Stereochemistry

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 78-84
    7. Chemical Mechanics: First Attempts

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 95-106
    8. Chemical Mechanics Based on Thermodynamics

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 107-113
    9. Conclusion

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 114-118
  3. Essays

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 119-119
    2. Theories of Heat

      • Pierre Duhem
      Pages 121-191

About this book

Much of Duhem's work as a professional scientist was closely related to the newly emerging discipline of physical chemistry. The book and associated papers translated here revolve around his concomitant philosophical and historical interests in chemistry-topics largely uncovered by Duhem's writings hitherto available in English. He understood contemporary concerns of chemists to be a development of the ancient dispute over the nature of mixture. Having developed his historical account from distinctions drawn from the atomists and Aristotelians of antiquity, he places his own views of chemical combination squarely within the Aristotelian tradition. Apart from illuminating Duhem's own work, it is of interest to see how the ancient dispute can be related to modern science by someone competent to make such comparisons. The book is lucid and logically stringent without assuming any particular mathematical prerequisites, and provides a masterly statement of an important line of nineteenth century thought which is of interest in its own right as well as providing insight into Duhem's broader philosophical views.

Keywords

  • Chemical formula
  • Isomer
  • Stereochemistry
  • science
  • seventeenth century
  • thermodynamics

Reviews

"Duhem's command of the historical development of atomism (of whose status as scientific theory he was critical) still makes for interesting reading despite today's very different concepts of chemical structure. His account of the development of thermodynamics, for Duhem "the apex of inductively derived abstract science" (see John Nye's Molecular Reality, 1972), is noteworthy for its clarity and simplicity. Both bibliography and index are good."
(E.R. Webster, emerita, Wellesley College in Choice, November 2002)

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Mixture and Chemical Combination

  • Book Subtitle: And Related Essays

  • Authors: Pierre Duhem

  • Series Title: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2292-6

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4020-0232-8

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-90-481-5924-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-2292-6

  • Series ISSN: 0068-0346

  • Series E-ISSN: 2214-7942

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXX, 322

  • Topics: Philosophy of Science, Chemistry, History

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USD 169.00
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  • ISBN: 978-94-017-2292-6
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)