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By Christopher Hamlin

A technology of Impurity is the 1st targeted background of the mobilization of chemistry (and later bacteriology) to fulfill the general public call for for sturdy water. It additionally deals a point of view on realizing how sleek actual sciences are tapped to make sure public stable.
A technology of Impurity explores the social framework during which chemists got here to paintings on difficulties of water caliber, the concepts they used to review the surroundings, their conclusions and their function in facing a nervous public.
For historians of technology, researchers and planners within the water undefined.

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There was, Murray wrote, perhaps no decisive experiment by which this question may be determined; for any method which would cause the separation of either substance as a binary compound, may also be conceived to operate by causing its formation. Thus, though sulphate of lime is obtained by evaporation, this is no proof of its prior existence, since the concentration of the solution might equally cause its formation. . Its < previous page page_33 next page > < previous page page_34 next page > Page 34 separation by a precipitant, by alcohol for example, .

1 (1848): 100. For other alternatives see Northcote, 'On the Water of the River Severn at Worcester,'* p 264 ('assumed salts'); Bennett, 'Analysis of the Thames water at Greenwich,'* p 199 ('ingredients . . assume the subjoined form'); W T Brande, 'Analysis of the Well-Water at the Royal Mint with Some Remarks on the Waters of the London Wells,' Q. J. Chem. Soc. 2 (1850): 349 ('Upon the whole, I am inclined to regard the following as a tolerably correct statement of the proximate saline constituents of this water').

Beginning with A F de Fourcroy, and followed by Richard Kirwan, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, and Fourcroy's assistant and successor, Nicholas Vauquelin, almost every analytical chemist of stature found some reason to disagree with details of Bergman's system. Yet in most cases their criticisms did not threaten the basic approach of separating the salts in an evaporative residue. They complained that Bergman's separations failed to separate what he claimed they did or that his procedures failed to take into account substances newly found in mineral waters or failed to work where there were unusual combinations of ingredients.

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