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Text And Translation: Attempt At A History Of The Fate Of Chemical Theory In The Last Centuries ("Versuch Einer Geschichte der Schicksale der Chemischen Theorie in den Letzten Jahrhunderten")

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Every combustion is accompanied by some [heat], often in very different degrees according to the circumstances. Earlier, one had attributed to all combustible bodies a common, everywhere identical principle of their combustibility, and called it phlogiston. It can still be recalled in what way this principle itself had to serve as the explanation of combustion. One pole of the Voltaic pile, its productive pole, represents oxygen in water. The other pole of the pile, the negative one, represents hydrogen in water. The most simple and natural way of producing galvanism, chemism, and a chemical process, is where the positive-electrical metal, etc., binds at once with the oxygen that arises to form an oxide, and burns with it.

Keywords: chemical process; combustion; phlogiston



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