John Dalton


    THIS volume constitutes the latest addition to the series of “English Men of Science ” now in course of publication by Messrs. J. M. Dent and Co., and is a concise and well-written account of the illustrious author of the atomic theory. Everything there is to tell about the old Quaker philosopher has already been told in such well-known works as the “Memoirs” of Henry and of Angus Smith, and in the lesser-known biography of Dr. Lonsdale, and all that a modern historian can do is to put together, with such literary skill as he can command, the facts of his simple, uneventful life. The publication of the “New View of Dalton's Atomic Theory” by Sir Henry Roscoe and Dr. Harden, and the criticism which the “New View” has received from Debus, might have afforded an opportunity to Mr. Millingon for the exercise of his critical acumen, but Mr. Millington fails to avail himself of it, the quotation from the “Fundamental Sätze der Chemie,” published two years before the appearance of the “New View,” having little relevance to the matter in dispute between them.

    John Dalton.

    By J. P. Millington. Pp. xii + 225. (London: J. M. Dent and Co., 1906.) Price 2s. 6d. net.

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    John Dalton . Nature 75, 246 (1907).

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