Mixture and Chemical Combination

And Related Essays

  • Authors
  • Pierre Duhem

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 223)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-2
  2. The Origins of the Chemical Revolution

  3. From the chemical revolution to our time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 31-33
    3. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 34-42
    4. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 57-61
    5. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 62-67
    6. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 78-84
    7. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 95-106
    8. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 107-113
    9. Pierre Duhem
      Pages 114-118
  4. Essays

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-322

About this book


Much of Duhem's work as a professional scientist was closely related to the newly emerging discipline of physical chemistry. The book and associated papers translated here revolve around his concomitant philosophical and historical interests in chemistry-topics largely uncovered by Duhem's writings hitherto available in English. He understood contemporary concerns of chemists to be a development of the ancient dispute over the nature of mixture. Having developed his historical account from distinctions drawn from the atomists and Aristotelians of antiquity, he places his own views of chemical combination squarely within the Aristotelian tradition. Apart from illuminating Duhem's own work, it is of interest to see how the ancient dispute can be related to modern science by someone competent to make such comparisons. The book is lucid and logically stringent without assuming any particular mathematical prerequisites, and provides a masterly statement of an important line of nineteenth century thought which is of interest in its own right as well as providing insight into Duhem's broader philosophical views.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5924-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2292-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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