The Story of the Chemical Elements

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THIS book forms one of a series constituting a “Library of Useful Stories,” and the object of the author has been to “put forth in some kind of orderly sequence a few of the chief guiding conceptions of chemistry” as exemplified by familiar things and phenomena. Mr. Muir deals, with his subject in a philosophical spirit, but we fear he assumes too much of the same spirit in his readers for the book to prove really attractive to people unacquainted with chemistry. It is difficult to expound the elements of chemistry otherwise than by experiment—impossible, in fact, to do so satisfactorily—and we should imagine that the readers for whom the book is intended are of the kind that require very careful wooing.

The Story of the Chemical Elements.

By M. M. Pattison Muir Pp. 189. (London: George Newnes, Ltd., 1897.)

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