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Title: New Experiments and Observations touching Cold, Or An experimental History of Cold, begun. To which are added an Examen of Antiperistasis, and an Examen of Mr. Hobs's Doctrine about Cold. Whereunto is annexed An Account of Freezing, brought in to the Royal Society, by the learned Dr. C. Merret, A Fellow of it. Together with an Appendix, containing some promiscuous experiments and Observations relating to the precedent History of Cold. ...
Description: London, Printed for Richard Davis, Bookseller in Oxford, 1683. 4to. W. 2 engr. pls. [at pp. 40 & 160]. Contemp. full dark clf., spine in compartments, gilttooled, but age darkened and somewhat faded. [n1, A - C4, D2; 2A - N4, O2, P - Z4, Aa - Kk4, Ll1, +4, Ll1, X1, Ll2-4 - Zz4, Aaa4, Bbb2]. (F3 signed E3). (XXX, 266, VIII, II, II, 267 - 324, IV, 20, II, 29, I (blank) pp.). (All edges speckled red.). DSB vol. II, pp. 377 - 382: '... which has very valuable discussions of thermometry and of freezing mixtures...':2nd edition [First 1665]. Fulton pp. 50 - 52, specif. item 71: 'In discussing cold, Boyle gives an account of his discovery of 'freezing mixtures' with the present-day interpretation of the phenomenon. He proved that ice has a smaller specific gravity than water and that it must therefore expand on freezing. The work is noteworthy also for a large number of physiological observations ... he was aware that extreme cold prevented the putrefaction of animial tissues, and realized that cold could be utilized for the preservation of meat.': Wing B3997: The second edition being equally important as the first 8vo edition of 1665 [of which many copies were destroyed in the Great Fire of London). The 29 pp. at the end contain Boyle's notes of the effects of cold on the [Hudson Bay Company's ] Captains and officers in cold climates, Boyle became an adventurer in this company in 1675 in order to collect this information. Boyle's publication is a milestones in the history of chemistry, since it uses a quantitative tool [a graduated thermometer] to study the interactions and chemical substances and mixtures. Boyle gives accounts of 2 kinds of death from the cold and many observations on the action of cold on different substances: Neville, vol. I, pp. 202 - 203: Partington vol. II, pp. 509 - 510:

Keywords: before 1850 classical texts Classics point classics physics

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