On Heat, in Its Relations to Water and Steam

On Heat, in Its Relations to Water and Steam

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...is thus produced. Circulation then is the result of the o;um-induced current, consequent on the movement of a body through air or water, and in proportion to the rapidity of that motion. In this inquiry we are but investigating, by the aid of experiment and inductive reasoning, the truth and application of those laws which determine the progress and influence of heat on matter and its motions, assured that in nature everything is perfect in itself, and all, apta inter se. The inferences here drawn do not rest on any baseless hypothesis, but on a clear view of the constant and unerring laws of nature as far as they are presented to our view, or within the scope of our reasoning power. Looking, then, at this branch of the subject in a general point of view, the cardinal facts appear to be, 1st. That ebullition, or the formation of bubbles, is nothing but the sudden aggregation or grouping of myriads of atoms of vapour already formed and existing in the liquid mass, and rushing into contact with some motes or points of foreign matter, accidentally or intentionally presented to them. 2nd. That aggregates are composed exclusively of such vapour atoms as are in excess of the saturating quantity. 3rd. That the quantity of vapour required for saturation of any liquid has a fixed relation on the one hand to its density, and on the other, to the repellent action which its constituent atoms of vapour individually exercise, whether the liquid medium be water, ether, alcohol, oil, or mercury. 4th. That ebullition has no relation to the quantity or number of liquid atoms converted into vapour atoms, from any given surface, but on the number of such atoms that may have been enabled to form such groupings or aggregates. 5th. That without those groupings or...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236637461
  • 9781236637468