Prof. Van der Waals on the Continuity of the Liquid and Gaseous States

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I CANNOT but think that my friend Mr. Bottomley is a little hard on Prof. Van der Waals. I am not aware that there is any dispute as to the fact that the methods he employed are open to criticism, and that his formula is only approximately true. In spite of its defects the treatise was regarded by Maxwell at the time of its publication as of very great interest. If, however, Van der Waals is accused of not showing a “proper appreciation of the work of Andrews,” the following facts should be considered before judgment is passed:—

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RüCKER, A. Prof. Van der Waals on the Continuity of the Liquid and Gaseous States. Nature 43, 437 (1891) doi:10.1038/043437a0

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