The Chemical History of A Candle

The Chemical History of A Candle

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One of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, Michael Faraday (1791–1867) developed the first electric motor, electric generator, and dynamo — essentially creating the science of electrochemistry. This book, the result of six lectures he delivered to young students at London’s Royal Institution, concerns another form of energy — candlelight.
Faraday titled the lectures "The Chemical History of a Candle," choosing the subject because, as he explained, "There is not a law under which any part of this universe is governed which does not come into play and is not touched upon [during the time a candle burns]."
That statement is the foundation for a book that describes, with great clarity, the components, function and weight of the atmosphere; the function of a candle wick; capillary attraction; the carbon content in oxygen and living bodies; the production of carbon dioxide from coal gas and sugar; the properties of carbonic acid; respiration and its analogy to the burning of a candle; and much more. There is also a chapter comprising Faraday's "Lecture on Platinum."
A useful classroom teaching tool, this classic text will also appeal to a wide audience interested in scientific inquiry.

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This unabridged republication is based on a series of six lectures Faraday delivered to young students at London's Royal Institution in 1860-61, in which he professed that all governing laws of the universe come into play during the time a candle burns. The book covers all properties of a burning candle including the chemical components, function of weight and atmosphere, the wick, capillary attraction, carbon content in oxygen and living bodies, and properties of carbonic acid. The book's historical and scientific significance may appeal to a wide audience interested in science. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2002
ISBN: 9780486425429
Branch Call Number: 540 FARAD
Characteristics: 1 volume
Notes: Originally published: A course of six lectures on the chemical history of a candle. New York : Chautauqua Press, [between 1885 and 1889]


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