(1) Electrolytic Conduction (2) The Electrochemistry of Solutions

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THE study of physical science is extraordinarily fascinating nowadays. We see much farther, even if we see a little less clearly than our grandparents saw—or thought that they saw. Our most innocent experiments and observations are weighted with philosophical and theological implications of cosmic importance. We make measurements that are each year more and more exact, and find ourselves committed to a principle of indeterminacy. We read of a quantum mechanics which, in a praise-worthy endeavour to escape from those mechanical pictures which are based on an extrapolation of our large-scale experiences, employs a symbolism in which the exact nature of the symbols employed remains unspecified. Naturam expellas furca . . ., and the heroic exponents of these latest symbolic methods—latest, though not novel, for are they not closely related to the ideals of Kirchhoff?—find themselves compelled, willy-nilly, to use terms and concepts based on those of our everyday experience.

(1) Electrolytic Conduction.

By Prof. F. H. Newman. Pp. xii + 441. (London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1930.) 25s. net.

(2) The Electrochemistry of Solutions.

By Dr. S. Glasstone. Pp. x + 476. (London: Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1930.) 21s. net.

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FERGUSON, A. (1) Electrolytic Conduction (2) The Electrochemistry of Solutions. Nature 127, 657–658 (1931). https://doi.org/10.1038/127657a0

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