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Die Schule der Chemie

Nature volume 71, page 435 (09 March 1905) | Download Citation



ABOUT a year ago, the first volume of Prof. Ostwald's dialogues on chemistry was noticed in these columns. We have now the second volume, written in as lively a strain as the first, and conveying the author's views, which bid fair to become in the main everybody else's views, as regards the presentation of the elementary facts of chemistry. It would be wrong to say that in this volume, consisting of 292 pages, there is more, system; but in it we come to a discussion of chemical facts and theories which are generally treated in school text-books. The pupil is introduced to chlorine, its preparation and properties; its behaviour with water; acids and bases, and elements; combining weights, and multiple proportions; the atomic hypothesis, and the laws of volume combination; electrolysis and salts. Chlorine is again considered as regards its compounds with oxygen, and then follow bromine and iodine; sulphur and its compounds; nitrogen, ammonia, phosphorus, and so on through the commoner elements and their compounds.

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