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Essays, Biographical and Chemical

Nature volume 81, pages 122123 (29 July 1909) | Download Citation



IT is good to read about the pioneers of science, their trials and their triumphs. Even it is good for the student who has to “grind” up facts about scientific worthies and serve them up hot to a voracious examiner; albeit in such a case it smacks strongly of “turning old heroes into unworthy potions,” as Sir Thomas Browne remarks in discussing the medicinal virtues of mummies. At any rate, such a student would get some of the facts about his heroes pleasantly enough in reading what Sir William Ramsay has to say in the present volume concerning Boyle and Cavendish, Davy and Graham, Black, Kelvin, and Berthelot.

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