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On the Spreading of Oil upon Water

Naturevolume 50pages223224 (1894) | Download Citation



IN a paper entitled “Die Lehre von der Wellenberuhigung,” by M. M. Richter (see NATURE, vol. xlix. p. 488), the opinion is expressed that the tendency of oil to spread itself on water is only due to the free oleic acid contained in it, and that if it were possible to completely purify the oil from oleic acid, it would not spread at all.

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