Chemistry in America
by Edgar Fahs Smith (9780217458672)

Chemistry in America
Edgar Fahs Smith
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 98
Category: Chemistry
ISBN: 9780217458672
ISBN-10: 021745867X

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: To ROBERT PATTERSON, A. M. Professor of Mathematics in the University of Pennsylvania. I KNOW no person to whom my first essay can be DEDICATED with so much propriety as to the instructor of my early youth. Accept it then as a small, but sincere, tribute of gratitude, from Your friend and pupil, Thomas P. Smith. PHILADELPHIA LABORATORY. April 14th, 1798. In meeting of the Chemical Society of Philadelphia. Resolved?That a copy of Mr. Smith's learned and ingenious Oration be requested for publication. Extract from the minutes, George Lee, Junior Secretary. INTRODUCTION. Gentlemen Op The Chemical Society: Having been honoured by you with the appointment to deliver the Annual Oration, I have, with diffidence, prepared myself to comply with your request. I shall not attempt to apologize for any imperfections it may contain, however numerous they may be, as they are the inevitable effects of your choice. But there is one liberty I have taken, for which I consider myself bound to apologize. The Resolution, in pursuance of which this oration is delivered, directs that it shall contain all the discoveries made in the science of chemistry during the preceding year. Instead of complying with the letter of this resolution, I have taken the liberty of preparing for you a sketch of the revolutions in chemistry. To this I have been induced from a consideration of the utility and pleasure that always result from a knowledge of the origin of our opinions. He who should take up his abode on the banks of a stream, and quench his thirst from its waters, could not feel uninterested in a knowledge of its source, and the course it has run. Knowing over what substances its waters have passed, he is enabled in some measure to judge of their purity, and is put on his gu...

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