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An Etymological Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy


THE aim of this dictionary is primarily etymological, and no attempt at exhaustive definitions has been made. Apart from its literary interest, however, its utility is, as the authors suggest, definitely enhanced by the inclusion of references. These, in many cases original, indicate where more complete definitions and descriptions of many uncommon minerals and chemical compounds may be found. Approximately 11,000 words are listed in the dictionary. These include many scientific terms, in addition to substances, though the work is stated to be less complete with respect to terms than to names. The difficulty in finding a dividing line between chemistry and mineralogy caused the authors to include the latter science in a work originally intended to embrace only the former.

An Etymological Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy.

By Dr. Dorothy Bailey Dr. Kenneth C. Bailey. Pp. viii + 308. (London: Edward Arnold and Co., 1929.) 25s. net.

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E., V. An Etymological Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy . Nature 124, 789–790 (1929).

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