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The Blue Journal: A Detective Anthony Walker Novel Paperback – January 6, 2015
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Some mistakes are likely due to lack of proofreading: "egg yoke" or Lavoisier "isolating air's two elements oxygen and hydrogen".
Others are more troubling and indicate a lack of understanding of history: Watt did not simply improve the steam engine Newcomen (and others) designed. Newcomen's engine relied on the atmospheric pressure to generate work in addition to steam pressure. Hot steam in the cylinder was cooled by water to create a vacuum. Watt's engine eliminated the atmospheric pressure as a work generating force. Galvani believed in animal electricity, he did not "use electricity to make frog legs twitch". The atomists did not use the term "equivalent" to hide their belief in the atom, if fact the "equivalent" proponents were pitted against the "atomists" in a bitter battle. Early balloonists did not understand the role of the temperature in hot air ballooning. The Mongolfier brothers were looking for an "electrical emanation" that would allow a balloon to rise the same way small pieces of cloth can be lifted towards an electrified rod. They settled on a burning mixture of damp wool and straw as fuel. It took the systematic work of the Swiss de Saussure (not Gay-Lussac) to show that it was the "rarefaction of the air" which lifted the balloon.
And the list goes on. I stop here and point at a final annoyance: pictures without caption or references. Fortunately, in MMM most of them had no relation to the text anyway and seem to be included just because Cobb liked the way they looked. the same can be said for the weird symbols that are repeated throughout the book. At first I thought they were a clever reference to symbols used in Croll's 1609 "Basilica chymica", in Geoffoy's 1718 "table des affinites" or in Dalton's 1810 "New system of chemical philosophy". They weren't and if anyone can tell me what they mean, I'd be grateful.
To finish on a semi-positive note: Cobb pointed at contributions from women scientists, marking a welcome departure from earlier publications by other authors. Of course, she succeeded in misrepresenting Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier and in ignoring Lucia Galeazzi who played a massive role in the discovery of animal electricity.
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