By Christopher Hamlin
A technological know-how of Impurity is the 1st particular historical past of the mobilization of chemistry (and later bacteriology) to fulfill the general public call for for stable water. It additionally bargains a viewpoint on realizing how glossy actual sciences are tapped to make sure public reliable.
A technological know-how of Impurity explores the social framework during which chemists got here to paintings on difficulties of water caliber, the recommendations they used to review the surroundings, their conclusions and their function in facing a apprehensive public.
For historians of technological know-how, researchers and planners within the water undefined.
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57 Conveniently, at least in the Dunblane case, the maximum solubility arrangement also gave Murray the set of salts most medically active. But how to prove all this? If Murray were right that solutions were delicate equilibria, it followed that any analytical intervention, whether evaporation or the addition of a reagent, might alter the conditions of equilibrium. Thus there was no certain way of telling whether the Dunblane water really contained sodium sulphate and calcium chloride or sodium chloride and calcium sulphate.
V. water. 43 'Table exhibiting the composition of the principal mineral waters of Europe and the United States,' J. of Materia Medica. Supplement, 1871, pp 205-13. 44 Bergman, 'Of the Analysis of Waters,' p 109; Meredith Gairdner, Essay on Mineral and Thermal Springs, p 64. v. water, p 44. v. mineral waters; Coley, 'Physicians and the Chemical Analysis of Mineral Waters,' pp 131, 139; John Rutty, An Essay towards a Natural, Experimental, and Medical History of the Mineral Waters of Ireland, p x.
3rd series, 3 (1833): 158-9. 7 Granville, Spas, II, p 161. < previous page page_41 next page > < previous page page_42 next page > Page 42 8 Ibid, pp 610, 105-6. See Also Diederick Wessel Linden, A Treatise on Chalybeat Waters, p 110; Bud, 'The Discipline of Chemistry,' pp 56-7. 9 Granville, Spas, I, The North, pp 163-4. 10 Ibid, II, pp 130-1, 274-5, 332, 405-9. 11 Ibid, I, p 165. 12 Ibid, II, pp 572-3, 161-2, 132; I, p 133. On Schweitzer see Bud, 'The Discipline of Chemistry,' p 279. 13 Saunders, Treatise, pp xii-xiii, 447-8.
A Science of Impurity: Water Analysis in Nineteenth Century Britain by Christopher Hamlin