London.: The Cavendish Society
First Edition; Published Date: 1851
Illustrations within the text; engraved frontisplate of Cavendish
230 x 150 mm (9 x 6 inches) - 478pp.
Green/gilt illustrated hardback cloth cover.
G : in good condition without dust jacket. Rubbed and marked. Some splits to outer hinges. Some inner hinge cracking. Some age darkening to page edges. Neat pencilled annotations on back paste down. Clean and bright overall.
Henry Cavendish(1731 – 1810) was a British natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist. Cavendish is noted for his discovery of hydrogen or what he called "inflammable air".(See his 1766 paper "On Factitious Airs").
A notoriously shy man, Cavendish was nonetheless distinguished for great accuracy and precision in his researches into the composition of atmospheric air, the properties of different gases, the synthesis of water, the law governing electrical attraction and repulsion, a mechanical theory of heat, and calculations of the density (and hence the mass) of the Earth. His experiment to measure the density of the Earth has come to be known as the Cavendish experiment.
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