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    Royal Society, February 1.—“The Action of Heat upon Ethylene.” By Vivian B. Lewes. From the work of the earlier observers, the text -books have accepted the equation 1. C2H4=C2 + 2H2 as representing the decomposition which takes place when ethylene is subjected to a very high temperature, whilst, on the evidence of the work done by Marchand, and Buff and Hoffman, they represent the change taking place at a lower temperature by the equation 2. C2H4=C + CH4

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