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2021-2022 FRESHMAN LAB SOURCEBOOK VOLUME 2

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2022-2023 FRESHMAN LAB PRACTICA AND SUPPLEMENTS

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2022-2023 FRESHMAN SOURCE TEXTS 1

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A NEW FOUNDATION FOR CHEMISTRY: LAVOISIER'S TREATISE ON CHEMISTRY TR. BURKE

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CHAPTERS NINE THROUGH SEVENTEEN ELEMENTARY TREATISE ON CHEMISTRY

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FRESHMAN LAB SOURCEBOOK 2021-2022 VOLUME 3

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FRESHMAN SOURCE TEXTS 2

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ON THE MOTION OF THE HEART & BLOOD

ON THE MOTION OF THE HEART & BLOOD

By: Harvey, William
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William Harvey (1578-1657) was a rebel in medical science: Contrary to contemporary practice, he began his epoch-making investigation into the action of the heart and the blood's circulation by minutely observing their action in live animals and by a lengthy series of dissections, rather than by mere reliance on the anatomical lessons of ancient medicine and philosophy. On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, including explanations of heart valves and arterial pulse, stands as a triumph of true scientific inquiry, and is still regarded as one of the greatest discoveries in physiology.
OXYGEN, ACIDS, AND WATER: Eight Chapters from Elementary Treatise on Chemistry

OXYGEN, ACIDS, AND WATER: Eight Chapters from Elementary Treatise on Chemistry

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One of the most revolutionary scientific works ever written, and also one of the most accessible, Lavoisier's Elementary -Treatise on Chemistry established the constancy of weight in chemical reactions, revealed the composition of water, and set forth a clear concept of the nature of gases. The Treatise cemented a new, -rational nomenclature that accurately expressed the nature of materials, overthrowing such colorful but deceptive names as "flowers of sulfur" and "butter of arsenic." Impressed by Condillac's maxim, "the art of reasoning is, at bottom, nothing else but a well-constructed language," Lavoisier presents experimental facts in expressions that are vivid, exact, and often poetical. As a result, the Treatise is still, after more than 200 years, a model of clarity and a beautiful example of scientific reasoning. Lavoisier's magnificent work was last translated into English in 1790, in a style that even then could be considered wooden and excessively formalistic. Now Chester Burke and Matthew Holtzman, faculty members at St. John's College in Annapolis, have provided a rendition that preserves the -natural and unadorned liveliness of Lavoisier's narrative prose. Even more valuable to nonspecialist readers of this Module is Howard Fisher's commentary, unobtrusively keyed to the text at the bottom of each page. For each word or phrase that is likely to be unfamiliar, Fisher gives a clear explanation. Obsolete chemical terms, physical concepts, archaic or obscure words, and unfamiliar references are fully explained. And, most important for those unable to repeat Lavoisier's experiments, Fisher lucidly describes the equipment and the procedures, and discusses the significance of the results. Readers who think, "Oh, this is science--I never could understand it," will be surprised to discover the clear and persuasive way that Lavoisier's beautiful language, assisted by Fisher's notes, brings this extraordinary and foundational work of science to life as human thought, and even as poetry.