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Discovering Water

James Watt, Henry Cavendish and the Nineteenth-Century 'Water Controversy'

Discovering Water( )
Author: Miller, David Philip
Series title:Science, Technology and Culture, 1700-1945 Ser.
ISBN:978-1-315-25767-9
Publication Date:May 2017
Publisher:Routledge
Book Format:Digital (delivered electronically)
List Price:USD $59.95
Book Description:

The 'water controversy' concerns one of the central discoveries of modern science, that water is not an element but rather a compound. The allocation of priority in this discovery was contentious in the 1780s and has occupied a number of 20th century historians. The matter is tied up with the larger issues of the so-called chemical revolution of the late eighteenth century. A case can be made for James Watt or Henry Cavendish or Antoine Lavoisier as having priority in the discovery...
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