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OUTLINES

OF

THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY

PRINTED BY

SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW-STREET SQUARE

LONDON

REESE LIBRARY

OUTLINES

OF

THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY

BY

LOTHAR MEYER

PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF TÜBINGEN

TRANSLATED BY

P. PHILLIPS BEDSON, D.Sc. (LOND.), B.Sc. (Vic.), F.C.S.

PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY IN THE DURHAM COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE

AND

W. CARLETON WILLIAMS, B.Sc., F.C.S.

PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY IN THE FIRTH COLLEGE

SHEFFIELD

WITH A PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR

OF THE

UNIVERSITY
CALIFORNIA

LONDON

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

AND NEW YORK : 15 EAST 16th STREET

1892

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AUTHOR'S PREFACE

TO

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

As Messrs. BEDSON and WILLIAMS some years ago made a careful and accurate translation into English of my · Modern Theories of Chemistry,' I very gladly accepted their friendly proposal to undertake the translation of this smaller book.

It may appear somewhat doubtful whether the long-felt want of a small text-book on Theoretical Chemistry has not been satisfied by the books recently published by Polis, Remsen, and Ostwald. These books are themselves so different from one another and from mine in method and intention and in their conclusions, that they all may be able to exist side by side. This conclusion is satisfactorily confirmed by the ready reception which the German edition of my book has received.

In writing this work I have not considered the requirements of students alone, but have been desirous of offering something to those friends of scientific investigation who have neither the intention nor the time to concern themselves with the details of chemical investigation, but wish to become acquainted with the general conclusions arrived at.

With this object in view I have abstained from too large a

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