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Electrochemistry and the Dualistic Theory

  • John Hudson

Abstract

Lavoisier had defined an element as a substance so far undecomposed. His table of elements in the Traité included earths such as lime and magnesia, but he predicted that one day their compound nature would be revealed: ‘... they will fall to be considered as compounds consisting of simple substances, perhaps metallic, oxydated to a certain degree’. So sure was he that potash and soda were compounds that he omitted them from his list of elements. In 1800 a completely new way of effecting chemical decomposition became available, and with its aid Lavoisier’s predictions were verified.

Keywords

Copper Sulphate Dualistic Theory Royal Institution Hydrogen Fluoride Dissimilar Metal 
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Copyright information

© John Hudson 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hudson
    • 1
  1. 1.Anglia Polytechnic UniversityCambridgeUK

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