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Essays on the Floating-Matter of the Air in Relation to Putrefaction and Infection

by Tyndall, J.

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  • Catalogue No : 44301
  • Published : 1881
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xix, 338, [2]


First edition. First appearance in book form of a collection of essays originally published in the Philosophical Transactions, and elsewhere. In this work, John Tyndall (1820-1893), the prominent 19th-century Irish physicist, writes about his pioneering experiments and discoveries in the field of bacteriology; he experimented with atmospheric germs and dust in relation to infection and putrefaction, leading to the discovery of fractional sterilization (Tyndallization). The five essays are headed; On Dust and Disease; Optical Deportment of the Atmosphere in Relation to Putrefaction and Infection; Further Researches on the Deportment and Vitality of Putrefactive Organisms; Fermentation, and its Bearings on Surgery and Medicine and Spontaneous Generation.


8vo, orig. cloth, rubbed, wear with some loss to top of spine. Ex-lib. Laboratory of Mineralogy, Oxford University. With book-plate of James Walker (Christ Church) (1857-1929), demonstrator in the Clarendon Laboratory, & Vice-President of the Physical Society.

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