Traité Élémentaire de Chimie

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Traité élémentaire de chimie
Traité élémentaire de chimie - Lavoisier - Tom. I Pl. IV Fig. 2.jpg
A diagram from the book.
Author Antoine Lavoisier
Translator Robert Kerr
Country France
Language French
Genre Textbook
Publication date
Published in English
Traité élémentaire de chimie

Traité élémentaire de chimie (Elementary Treatise of Chemistry) is an influential textbook written by Antoine Lavoisier published in 1789 and translated into English by Robert Kerr in 1790 under the title Elements of Chemistry in a New Systematic Order containing All the Modern Discoveries.[1][2]

The book is considered to be the first modern chemical textbook.[3] It contained a list of elements, or substances that could not be broken down further, which included oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, phosphorus, mercury, zinc, and sulfur. It also forms the basis for the modern list of elements. The list, however, also included light and caloric, which he believed to be material substances but are not elements.

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  1. ^ See Lavoisier, Antoine (1789), Traité Élémentaire de Chimie, présenté dans un ordre nouveau, et d'après des découvertes modernes (1 ed.), Paris: Cuchet, Libraire, retrieved 2012-04-15  via Gallica
  2. ^ See Lavoisier, Antoine (1790), Elements of Chemistry in New Systematic Order, Containing All Modern Discoveries, Illustrated with 13 Copperplates, translated from the French by Robert Kerr (1 ed.), Edinburgh: William Creech, retrieved 2012-04-15 
  3. ^ "Antoine Laurent Lavoisier The Chemical Revolution". American Chemical Society. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 

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