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Art . I . —A Chemical Catechism By S . Parses , Manufacturing Chemist . 8 vo . 624 pages 12 s . Symonds . 1806 .
This publication being designed to direct the young to the contemplation of the wisdom and benevolence of God , as displayed in the works of creation , at the same time that it instructs them
in the rudiments of an useful science , we deem it worthy of notice in our Review ; though the utmost that we can be expected to do is to give a faithful analysis of its nature and contents , and this plan we shall frequently adopt in our examination of books of
importance , as being most fair with regard to writers , and most useful to readers . The excellent design of the work is stated by the author in the preface .
c < A more powerful motive , ' ' he observes , " was the de-ire to exhibit , in a popular form , a body of the most incontrovertible evidence of the wisdom and beneficence of the Deity in the establishment and modification of those laws of matter which are infinitely and beautifully varied , and whose operation is too delicate to be the object of general notice ; for if it could be proved to the satisfaction of youth , that matter is subject to a vast variety of laws which escape common observance , and that , in the adjustment of thoselaws , the most minute attention , if it may lie so expressed , lias been paid to our convenience apd comfort , it was imagined such a detail would tend to make a
more indelible impression on the young mind , than the display of the same goodness in the operation of causes which come under our daily notice aud obserration . " The work is divided into thirteen chapters ; to which are sub . joined 34 pages of additional notes , a variety of chemical tables , a chapter of instructive and amusing experiments , a vocabulary of chemical terms , and a very copious general index . The First Chapter ^ entitled " Introductory and Miscellaneous / ' treats of the difference in the outward appear * ance of natural bodies , and explains the cause of solidity , fluidity , and gaseity ; the difference between absolute and specific gravity ; the cause of bodies swimming in fluids ; the nature of evaporation ; the formation of clouds , and the production of rain , &c .
Chap . II . " Of Atmostpheric Air , " treats of its properties , its extension , its various uses , its weight and pressure , its composition , the properties of the different gases of which it is composect , the nature of its action in the support of animal life , and the provision which has been made for its perpetual renovation . Chap . III . " Of Caloric" ( or the matter of heat ) treats of the different sources of caloric , of latent caloric and free caloric , of the diiierciit ' capacity of different po-
« ' still pleas e d to praise , tet not afraid to blame . " Pope
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1807, page 30, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2376/page/30/